“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Kennedy
“One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.” ― John Lennon
Convolutions. Stories within stories, hiding, running, and the sweet surrender of forgetfulness. Broken Sky is a story of layers, of heartbreak and surrender. Saurav Dutt has created a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of a lost and homeless woman’s journey to reunite with her daughter, whom she abandoned long ago. But did she really abandon her? Or did she save her life?
The woman known only as Lauren doesn’t know doesn’t remember, and what happens next is the basis of a story of desperation and pain, a literary tour de force. For who is Lauren, really? Homeless, living on the streets, filthy and alone. And yet dressed in a mink coat, pearls, Gucci shoes, and a thousand dollar bowler hat. Who could she be? What could have brought her to this extreme of loss and destitution?
The narrative of Broken Sky is complex to the point of convolution, though never losing the reader, rushing the story, or losing its sense of truth and compassion.
A 2014 London and Frankfurt Book Fairs selection, this is an emotional story of loss that reaches deep, pulling together a wide range of divergent characters into a suspenseful tale of love, longing, and loss. And ultimately, the possibilities engendered by hope.
I received this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. All comments are my own.