Rather like the many debates around Brexit mentioned in this unusual love story, when trying to decide if I enjoyed this book or not, I find myself sitting very much on the fence.
On the one hand, I did very much enjoy sharing the moral and social complications of experiencing a relationship with a hefty 20 year age gap – Lucy, a White, 42 year old female English teacher dates her 22 year old, Black, male babysitter, Joseph.
Then, on the other hand, I often found myself confused or second guessing if what I *think* just happened, had actually just happened – On more than a couple of occasions the story seemed to jump into different scenarios or glaze over important facts. Suddenly Joseph would feel sick ‘after it was over’ and I had no idea what had just happened. Similarly it’s only long after we’ve met certain characters when we learn that they too (like Joseph) are Black. I felt lost or like I had been led clumsily in the wrong direction on more than a couple of occasions. Which was unexpected for such a well known, best-selling author.
For what is no doubt a love story, it discusses a lot of important topics around race, class divides, age divides, educational divides, government benefits, political stances, closed mindedness and prejudice around all of those things. Which I think is very tactfully and bravely done.
He was very interested in feathering caps and he didn’t mind which bird the feathers had fallen off.
I’m excited to hear what my friends think about this one. I got through it in just 2 sittings, but I definitely wouldn’t class it as ‘great’.