Wild Fires

Thrilled to join the blog tour for this one today.

Grief is like an inside joke: you have to have been there to really get it.

The only things Cassandra knows about her family are the stories she’s heard in snatches over the years: about the aunt and cousin she never got to meet, about the man from the folded-up photograph in one of her aunt’s drawers, and of course about her cousin Chevy, and why he never speaks – but no one utters a word about them any more.

When a call from one of her sisters brings Cassandra news of Chevy’s death, she has to return home for the funeral. To Toronto and the big house on Florence Street, where her sisters are hiding more than themselves in their rooms, where the tension brewing between her mother and aunts has been decades in the making, and where sooner or later every secret, unspoken word and painful memory will find its way out into the open.

Moving between Toronto and Trinidad, Wild Fires is a vivid and compelling story exploring the ways we mourn and why we avoid the very things that can save us.

My Bookish Thoughts

Sophie Jai really does know how families tick. This is a portrayal of how challenging situations can make emotions stir and heighten .

This is well written and really gives you a sense of the setting, I definitely haven’t been disappointed. I’ve found it easy to visualise the settings from the descriptions. 

I have found this book slow to start with. some aspects have been confusing but I have enjoyed the way Sophie writes.

This book is beautifully written and explores family members dealing with grief and loss. A great debut and I’m looking forward to more from this author.

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