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Behind the Throne (Morgan Crowe Trilogy, uSs no matter where we go and once we are called to enter we are not allowed to leave ntil we can incorporate it are able to give it "A HOME AT THE VERY CENTER " home at the very center s But grief also opens Captivated by the Millionaire usp in ways nothing else can Everything everything becomes acute and tender the beauty of a sunset can break your heart as easily as losing something dear Life takes on a new immediacy and the grasping for safe ground often leads A Mighty Big Wish us to transformative experiences Baillies masterfully manages to convey not only the abyss of grief but also those small moments of transformation that we often can t seentil we get to the other side Beatrice knows as the ancient people did that we find healing in telling our stories and so she writes to the one person who might have reason to listen her lovers daughter But in telling our stories we risk finding out that the shape we give to people in our memories is not all that they were that there are truths we didn t know and therefore couldn t incorporate In the end it s My Mother, a Serial Killer up tos whether we want truth or safety in Ignorance The Letters Between Ulrike The letters between Ulrike Beatrice are beautifully written and never strike a false note Less believable was Ulrike s relationship with her lover Max Their interactions seemed shallow and contrived detracting rather than adding to the story which is why I m giving this 35 stars instead of a solid 4 beatrice mann a canadian sculptor and long time acuaintance friend mistress stalker of The Italians Stolen Bride ulrike huguenot s father writes a very long often inappropriate often beautiful letter tolrike a german pianist living in berlin beatrice s teenaged daughter ines has just died and glimpses of the relationship beatrice and ines had populates the letter a history of precociousness fierce selfhood misunderstanding love beatrice is somewhat niue in my limited perceptions of #motherhood she reads as a flawed empathetically selfish deeply individual person who continued to live as that person #she reads as a flawed empathetically selfish deeply individual person who continued to live as that person mainly as a mother and yet clearly was also ines mother lrike is a bit annoying her perspective falls flat for me somewhat removed from the heart of the book somewhat remote the epistolary or here maybe three Tikki Tikki Tembo uarters epistolary novel is alsoestionable to me there is an awkward tension immediately kicked Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, up between the immersive experience of fictional reality and the known limits of actual reality perfect conversations are transcribed years after the fact pesky details have to be accounted for oh i had these letters on hand to copy out for youlrike those eighty pages beatrice mails to lrike are almost not a letter beyond a letter and yet she sends them Here we are marching in the time it takes to wr. Cause my daughter has died” begins Beatrice’s extraordinary letter of confession Her only child Ines has been killed at the age of eighteen and Beatrice has closed herself in her Toronto studio Unable to speak openly with her grieving husband Isaac she turns to Ulrike a young woman she barely knows While she retells and possibly reshapes the past – her obsession with the exacting and complex Gustave and her relationship with her elusive now vanished daughter – Isaac sets.

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The Shape I Gave YouIte a letter into what future I can t say You are #the noble and I m the peasant Can I euipped with the #noble and I m the peasant Can I euipped with the you so generously and misguidedly attribute to me send you a recipe to put an end to a passion No Because I don t want to send you any such recipe On the contraryI am practised at closing my studio door I have learned to be good at it A woman must be on her guard We believe we control the tides inside everyone but we are not the moon We must be willing to shut o Each of Baillie s books seems to employ some niue structural device these are not in my view gimmicks just Martha Baillie s creative mind at work In this case most of the book consists of a very long letter If that puts you off as a potential reader I m very sorry to have mentioned it because this is a very fine book indeed It s the most challenging of her books that I ve read so far certainly the most emotionally intense boldest and most compelling It also highlights once again Baillie s wonderful facility with language Here Baillie explores the complexity and ambiguity of the human heart Beatrice s extended letter reveals a state of desperation that can no longer tolerate remaining Twos Company uiet Writing and sending it is an outrageous act Is it a confession A plea for forgiveness A means of lashing out against everything that didn t work out It s all of that and and essentially an attempt at self discovery In places it s so visceral that I began to wonder how much of her own persona Baillie was revealingThis is a writer who always exceeds expectations This is the first book by Martha Baillie I ve read and I was fascinated And will read Very different approach Keeps you wondering and workingntil the end Amateur writing at the beginning but evolves to a good and enjoyable read Asks some great His Convenient Highland Wedding uestions worth consideringFavouriteote I wanted to escape from living an imperfect life I was greedy I yearned to be released from life s slow merky current to be freed into clarity by rushing passion I hoped for momentous changeAnd now everything has changed Ines is gone Is this my clarity pg 71Favourite referenceThe heart alone is voiceless By itself it knowsbut cannot think and soit cannot close the door to fearJan Zwicky String Practice I started off with very high hopes and expectations for this book I found Zwicky String Practice I started off with very high hopes and expectations for this book I found writing and the story engaging but I was disappointed with the infidelity aspect I thought the intellectual affair was much fascinating than the physical I would have loved to see the ramifications of an intellectual affair explored Is it really cheating on your husband if you don t do it Once Beatrice slept with Gustave I felt deflated and disappointe. Out on a journey of his own As Ulrike reads about Beatrice’s life and Gustave’s role in it she reluctantly revisits the world of her own memories and starts to see her present in an altered light In The Shape I Gave You acclaimed novelist and poet Martha Baillie explores the complex relationships between parents and children men and women to create a novel of spare elegance that gives piercing insight into the nature of confession and how we choose who to ask for absolution. .

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