A House for Alice: From the Women’s Prize shortlisted author of Ordinary People

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A House for Alice: From the Women’s Prize shortlisted author of Ordinary People

A House for Alice: From the Women’s Prize shortlisted author of Ordinary People

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Apparently it contains a lot of the same characters and whilst I did manage to read it and have a good understanding of the themes in the book, I do think I would have benefitted from reading Ordinary People. The three sisters have a close yet strained relationship as they try to manage their own complicated lives as well as deciding how to help their mother, Alice, enter the next phase of her life.

I really appreciated seeing an in-depth portrait of a family that is simultaneously unraveling at the seams and continually there for each other; they are constantly at each other’s throats but they’re never far from each other. The first part ends on what, for those unfamiliar with Diana Evans and her literary trait of always adding a slightly supernatural/ghost like element to all her novels – something which stems from the tragic loss of her own twin sister ( https://www. Characters from that earlier novel make appearances here, but there is no need to have read that previous title to enjoy this new one.Her prose is gorgeous and dreamlike, and her characters are fleshed out and real, even the ones whose stories are relatively peripheral. Evans is unafraid to face these questions, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say the book argues for the existence of ghosts or an afterlife, there are a couple of hints that, while some things stay lost forever, they can also be found. Another aspect of the book that I wasn't too sure whether I felt okay about it or not was the references to Grenfell. Through its narrative, the book sheds light on the ongoing struggles of racism and the quest for justice and equality in marginalized communities.

At the novel’s center is Alice herself, the Pitt matriarch who, after fifty years in England, now longs to live out her final years in her homeland of Nigeria. With rich characters and a particular dynamic only families have with each other, I found myself engrossed in their decisions following their father’s death. If one wants to know about displaced Nigerians, dealing with the racism of their new home, read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Some of the characters' dilemmas were such that I, the reader, found myself prompting them from off-stage. As the story progresses, we meet Alice’s children and their families and how they cope with the death in their family and Alice’s impending plans to leave – old wounds, resentments, and disappointments rise to the surface and what is left to be seen is whether the family is brought closer or does tragedy and loss tear them further apart.

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