Thursday, April 9, 2009
Book of the Month: April
This month I have chosen The Holding by Merilyn Simonds. I read this book last year a few months after Kyan was born. It was beautiful and mysterious, leading you through layers of time and emotion. It is a spellbinding story of two worlds linked by the same piece of land. Simonds is a Canadian writer and this story is set in rural Ontario. In 1859 we follow Margaret and in the 1990's we follow Alyson. Each woman finds strength in nature and solitude and suffers great loss in their journey.
I chose this book for a very personal and sad reason. Friends of ours lost their newborn baby last week. We attended the funeral yesterday. What can be more horrible than loosing a child? There is no particular comfort that we can offer our friends, we were just there for them and will be a support in whatever way we can.
This novel deals with loss in a honest and compelling way. It is one of those stories that stays with you for a long time.