Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Armchair Novel Review - Every Time We Say Goodbye

Hardcover, 352 pages

Every Time We Say Goodbye is a novel about family, loss, leaving and being left, alienation, depression, fantasy, and back to family again. But that doesn’t do it justice, just to say what it is about. Better to say what it does to the reader, for the reader. If you are like me, with your “head in the clouds and tears in your eyes”, you will find that this journey of a novel winds and wends you with it throughout the pages. It grips your heart and doesn’t let you put it down until you have come to the final words. Then you are left, like so many characters in the book, somewhat bereft.

I am so very glad that a friend recommended this book to me, the words “family” and “emotion” do not draw me in- in fact they would likely have me looking in another direction, but this book is so very well written- so tender and even funny at times, that I firmly believe it will soon be considered a Canadian classic, with pride of place beside Ann-Marie MacDonald and Carol Shields, two of my favourite Canadian authors. 

The fact that Every Time We Say Goodbye is her first novel (Jamie has written an acclaimed memoir and many published essays, articles and reviews) is even more amazing.

Jamie Zeppa is Knopf Canada’s New Face of Fiction and also teaches English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College, Toronto.

Read this book!