I met new friends in this book, people with lives that must be coped with, as much as lived. People who are so earnest, so vulnerable, so real. I cannot walk a minute in their shoes, but can love them for taking the next step and the next, for embracing the dogwood trees, their reality and their truth. The book says that even if we are dissimilar in details, we are all alike in love.
I love to read a tale that leads me to a place of surprise, and The Untelling is such story. I was quickly immersed in the poetry and places, the people and their struggles, and the immensity of a few moments in time. I know Atlanta, but I was never there in this book. I was deep in the heart of this author. I liked being there. I knew that place so well that it surprised me to find it living and breathing in someone else' words.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I found it uninteresting in parts and rambling in others. Essentially a young woman gives details of her life that are somewhat twisted to say the least, and downright boring at other times. There are multiple facets to this story, but what keeps you reading is not mystery and intrigue, but trying to understand the main character.
This is the second book I've read by Tayari Jones. It hit home because my father died in a car crash when I was young, though I wasn't in the vehicle as the main character was in this story. It is a good story about how things impact us for a long time. It's also a good story about how hiding secrets from those we love affects relationships. Well done.
This novel explores the ways in which emotional pain can originate in an event and is then perpetuated throughout people's lives. The protagonists are evocative and well delineated. This brilliant author finds a way to capture the reader's heart. I highly recommend this riveting book.
Ms Jones provides a wonderful voice for the Atlanta Spirit. I live in Ohio but have spend many summers and holidays in Georgia because my parents were born in this state. My brother moved to Atlanta and it has a wonderful spirit with the West End community she describes perfectly. She allows me to visit through her eyes and develops characters that you feel that you know intimately. The ability to weave a tell that creates a feeling of familiarity of the community and an understanding of the characters is a gift of a great writer. I have read all of Ms Jones' books and find her to refreshing and creative. I am looking forward to her next novel.
What was not such an unusual story was told in such a compelling manner that the reader couldn't put the book down. There was this hope that Aria would be triumphant in some area of her life; that she would learn to be happy. The character is just so sad. s