A very interesting book I must say. This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell was not what I was expecting, but then again I am not sure what I was expecting. It’s a book of stories. Of lives that intertwine and connect and that affect each other along the way.
It’s a story of traveling across the pond searching for something and finding something totally unexpected. A very interesting insight into people’s lives and the way they perceive events and people around them. We learn about divorce and the toll it has on people.
Families and the way they evolve and how change affects their members. I loved the fact that each chapter has a different character exposing their view on the events, going out of the normal storyline and presenting the main characters from different, more interesting perspectives. We travel in time when older generations were young and when some decisions they made ripple through the present still.
We have the story of a grandma that sets some events in motion that leads her grandson to follow her steps and never wanting to come back. An actress and her struggles let us learn how difficult it is to live in that golden cage of fame and how much she must sacrifice to be herself.
“It was four years before she saw him again. Brooklyn was a big place and the Italians and the Irish, although celebrating the same festivals, the same masses, had different parks, different streets, different shops.”
It’s a story of a couple and how much their past haunts them and affects their day-to-day lives. A very interesting insight into family life, divorce, bereavement, guilt and unsolved personal dramas. Must admit it is an amazing book that offers great understanding over some key aspects of everyone’s life, really. I have to admit it makes you think what you would’ve done, were to walk away, come back, answer that phone call or not.
Worth a read I think. Hope you enjoy the story of Daniel Sullivan across the Atlantic and back as much as I did.