She was asked by Patti Abbott
to nominate a title as a Forgotten Book. Or as Patti herself said of the idea “This is the first of what I optimistically hope will become Friday recommendations of books we love but might have forgotten over the years. I have asked several people to help me by also remembering a favorite book. I also asked each of them to tag someone to recommend a book for next Friday. I’m worried great books of the recent past are sliding out of print and out of our consciousness. Not the first-tier classics we all can name, but the books that come next. “
It’s a wonderful book describing a woman’s grief and unravelling life. It feels familiar and yet illuminates with such precision that it astonishes me. It melds wit with empathy and employs trailing sentences and playful typography that all work towards the creation of a very ‘real’ character in Joy (ho ho).
I was deeply moved when I first read it, and still feel surprised that it doesn’t seem to have the recognition it deserves. Galloway is a superb writer who inspires me greatly.
I get to play tag now, so next Friday I will be very interested to read which book Kirsty recommends us.