Thursday, 23 August 2018

Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles by Anne Tyler

The only person who I would trust to write about a person who has a gift of healing is Anne Tyler. Ok, maybe Emma Donoghue too, but definitely Anne Tyler.

Here's the opening line: "The first thing I tell people is, I’m just an ordinary woman. I’m just like you."

Susanna heals people, reluctantly at first, with a touch. And sometimes she doesn't. And with a deft hand and an elegant touch in this little account, we find ourselves accepting the truth of her tale and holding the "whys" and the "why nots" without question. That's the extent of Tyler's talent.

"This is a wry and moving story by an American master."

“Not merely good . . . she is wickedly good.” —John Updike

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

4 stars

ISBN: 9780525565079

You may also enjoy Anne Tyler's A spool of Blue Thread. Or what about Emma Donoghue's The Wonder? Or even Faithful by Alice Hoffman?

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