The House of Broken Bricks
by Fiona Williams
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Pub Date 09 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 10 May 2024
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
Every marriage has its seasons...It’s autumn when we meet Tess, but her relationship with Richard is in a deep, cold winter. A winter so harsh, their union may never see the bright light of spring.
Tess is a Londoner whose relationship with Richard transports her from a Jamaican diaspora in the city to the English countryside, where predatory birds hover over fields, buses run twice a day, neighbors barter honey for cider, and no one looks like her.
As Tess and Richard settle in, the dramatic arrival of their fraternal twins—one who presents as black and the other as white—recasts the family dynamic, stirring up complicated feelings and questions of belonging. Tess yearns for the comforting chaos of life as it once was, instead of Max and Sonny tracking dirt through the kitchen where cooking Caribbean food becomes her sole comfort. And Richard obsesses over getting his crops planted rather than deal with the conversation he cannot bear to have.
In Fiona Williams' quartet of unforgettable, alternating perspectives, secrets and vines clamber over the house’s broken red bricks, and although its inhabitants seem to be withering, Sonny knows that something is stirring. . . . As the seasons change and the cracks let in more light, the family might just be able to start to heal.
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This book made me do something I have never done before. Let me explain, I know a book is amazing when at the end I don't immediately pick up another book because I want to stay in the world of that book a bit longer. When I finished #TheHouseofBrokenBricks by Fiona Williams, I sat for a few minutes in devistation that it was over and then I started reading at the beginning again! I stayed up half the night re-reading a book I had just finished. It was even more amazing the second time. The prose and lyrical writing, especially of the character Sonny, is magical.
I believe this book is one where the less you know about the story the more impact it will have so I encourage you to not seek out the plot. Some reviews are giving spoilers because things happen early in the story but the unspoken secrets are the magic to the book. Do you know what you think you know? Did you really read that correctly?
I look forward to reading everything Fiona Williams ever writes. I will be purchasing this book because I wanted to highlight so many incredible lines.
Thank you to #netgalley and #henryholt for the advance digital copy in exchange for my honest review.