The Glorious Between is a feel-good novel and primarily a love story. Influences include Oliver Sacks (Neurology), Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mark Helprin (Magical Realism), Michael Ondaatje (Prose), Oliver Sacks, Kahlil Gibran, and Mary Alice Marsh for the philosophical direction.
Emily is dying. It is that thing in her head. Worse, she cannot remember her past, and can retain only fragments of the present. It feels as if she has never existed.
She is tucked up tight, holding her breath, suspended in time.
“I am not my body,” she often says, meaning she feels as if she is more than that; that we are more than just flesh and bone. But she knows, too, that reality has an awkward way of intruding into what one might hope for, and that her impending death is inevitable. In the end, she is her body and a broken one at that. It is just the way it is.
Or is it?
Enter Alessandra. Enter Patrick. Patrick, a world class neurologist and Emily’s lov-er. Alessandra, who can speak to the river, summon the sun, and redirect the moon with the tips of her fingers.
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The Glorious Between is more than a 5 star read !
The book is beautifully written, well edited and draws you slowly but surely into Emily's world.
Emily seems wise beyond years , she knows she is dying , can barely remember today let alone her past but she is so much more than that. Emily captures your heart, she will make you smile, you will cheer her on , you will cry with her and be frustrated with her.
Patrick who is the love of her life is beyond patient and understanding . He spends hours besides Emily's bedside and lovingly narrates his life story that includes his mother Alessandra who has magical powers.
Emily lives her life caught up in the stories , they are glorious and hopeful just like Emily herself.
One of my favourite quotes in the book is :"You get up (in the morning) because you have hope and love in your life. If you had no hope, you would not get out of bed ever"
I seldom as a reader will reread a book but The Glorious Between is a book that I will read several times because there is just so many life lessons and hope in this wonderful book.
Emily , Patrick and Alessandra's story will stay with me and I will think of them often for a long time .