The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
A brilliantly brave book that reset my thinking.
This is a book about loss. About the most taboo loss there is – the loss of motherhood. And it’s sad. Dreadfully, dreadfully sad.
Lucy’s loss is twice maybe even three times over. And each so personal and so shunned in our society, it’s hard for her to deal with her grief. What can she do with it? Where does she put it?
Yet once I’d finished sobbing my heart out, what I’ve taken away is a really uplifting message. The kind of kick in the pants that we all need, every now and again. Focus on what you have, take joy from who surrounds you. Sometimes things don’t turn out how you want or expect, look for the sunshine if you can. Of course it’s bloody hard to do that and the pain never goes away but maybe you can find a new unexpected future.
Ms Prowse says she sees her stories almost like movies in her head, and you can see that in her writing. She focuses on the story as it unravels to her, and is less fussed about making points. This is one writer her readers can trust not to tell you what to think. Thank goodness because making your own interpretation, your own story from what she shares is such a rich and wonderful experience.
I have to say I adore the title, anyone who has walked in Lucy’s shoes can relate to it.
I found it painfully uplifting, who knows what you’ll find. Go read it and find out.
netgalley were kind enough to give me an ARC in exchange for an honest review