The joy is reading this book is in discovering how a heartbroken writer uses a fictitious Twitter account to create an online community of love and acceptance. Her story makes for a good read and no, I wasn’t crying, you were crying.
Imagine discovering your father was not your father. In this memoir that is what happens and leads the author to seek answers and acceptance of a situation she never saw coming. It reads, in many ways, like a thriller, but the truth is evident in the emotional writing.
In a book that reads more like fiction than fact, Westover tells her story of growing up in a family of survivalists in Idaho. Never seeing a doctor or going to school till the age of 17, Westover seeks to educate herself and allows her search for knowledge to take her far away from her roots and family. I tell people Cathay the only issue with this book is when you finish, no matter what you have accomplished, you will feel you have done nothing with your life. But the joy in following Westover’s journey makes that a small cost for a beautiful book.
You may not want to read a fictional book about life during and following a pandemic but if you do, this is the one. Without telling too much, Mandel sets up a wonderful story told with memories and in real time. For life after a global pandemic, the book is somewhat small in its scope, focusing on several stories that, in the end, tie together. Seeing how these seemingly separate threads come together as one makes this a great read, pandemic or not.