Author: Kathleen Glasgow
Genre: realistic fiction
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|a bit of a mixed bag|
Summary (provided by publisher): Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It's the brightest day of summer and it's dark outside. It's dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.
That's how it feels for Tiger. It's always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger's mother dies. And now it's Tiger, alone.
Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.
My opinion: At first I figured I knew exactly where this book was headed. Sudden, unexpected grief and a life you don't know how to live. Some of the plot elements are exactly what you would expect. But in many ways Glasgow pushes her plot much further than other writers. Tiger, as the novel's title implies, embraces darkness. Her life is entirely out of control and she's fully disconnected from everything she's ever known. As such, she makes drastic decisions with long term consequences. In that way, this is a realistic plot. It's also uncomfortable and difficult to engage with. So I would exercise caution before recommending to the average reader.
More information: How to Make Friends with the Dark releases April 9.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.