Grace Notes - Bernard MacLaverty
Yesterday, on my return from Manchester, I finished Grace Notes, by Bernard MacLaverty. It was such a subtle tale of one woman's struggle with post-natal depression and the need to maintain her musical creativity - the space she had made her own. What I loved about MacLaverty's prose is the way in which he also had a perfect, succinct description for just about every action, such as getting in the bath and 'rowing' the hot water round with your hand. It was a masterclass in minute description. Here's a review from The Richmond Review.