Top critical review
a nice read
22 May 2019
Small Days and Nights is a story of Grace, who returns home from the US for her mother’s cremation only to find out after her death that she also has a sister of whom she never realized had an existence. Lucia, her sister was spending her life in a residential facility after her parents abandoned her being a down syndrome child.
Grace decides to live separately from his husband in the US and brings her sister home to live a life with her and a pack of dogs, a life of which she herself was not sure of.
The way author narrates what it constitutes to be a woman living alone, security issues, community outlook of a single woman, isolation and how it is difficult to be a woman, surely, it’s a commendable piece of fiction. The profound portrayal of failed relationships, love and family along with the eloquent writing is a reason to pick this book.
Moreover, I loved how the character of Grace was written, tough yet realistic, strong yet vulnerable. She faced all the challenges thrown at her, be it cultural or political, in the manner a broken or imperfect woman or a normal woman who is no hero would do.
Despite all the praise, the story incontinently switches in and out of two different backgrounds of India and Italy, which were kind of bringing reading discomfort to me. The narrative of a few places, people, though, was profound, was quite too stretched and also insignificant making the plot uninteresting and dull. I felt the story was kind of moving in monotony which didn’t work well for me.
It’s not a five-star read for me, so definitely I’ll not recommend it. But surely, will tell you that I’ve read some great admiration for the book.