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Friday 8 July 2016
THE BRAZILIAN HUSBAND by Rebecca Powell
4.5 out of 5 stars On Amazon UK HERE On Amazon.com HERE On Goodreads HERE
I liked this book a lot. It's simply
but so well written, the words just flow; lovely to come across a book like
this by someone who has a real talent for writing. It's all about making the reader want to keep
turning the pages, after all, and I certainly did with this!
Judith Summers' Brazilian husband, Edson, has just died, and she is
determined to fulfil his final wish by 'taking him home' ~ ie, back to the
village of his birth to scatter his ashes.
His fifteen year old daughter goes with her, and together they uncover
the mystery of Rosa's birth, and many more besides.
The story is told mostly from Judith's point of view, interspersed
with occasional chapters inside the head of Rosa, and Edson's friend, Ricardo, who
runs a shelter for young people in trouble.
The plot slowly unravels via tapes of conversations between twelve year
old Luciana, and Ricardo's wife, Flavia.
I'd more or less guessed the outcome before we were told, though not all
the details, and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
Judith's a great character, pretty screwed up after taking her share of wrong turns throughout her life.
Tempestuous teenager Rosa is portrayed perfectly, but I think the star
of the show is Brazil itself; Ms Powell clearly has a great love for the
country and its poorer corners are depicted with much colour and warmth. The people Judith and Rosa meet are so real,
the dialogue is great, and there are some heartrending moments, too (too sad!).
The writing style reminded me of Emily Barr, whose books I like very
much. I have nothing negative to say
about this novel at all; highly recommended, and I'll definitely read her next