NOTES FROM AN EXHIBITION by PATRICK GALE.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Rachel was woken by a painting or, rather, by the idea of one.
MEMORABLE MOMENT(Page 186): Not that he had ever overcome or even withstood his mother. He had simply withdrawn from the field.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: I did enjoy this but can't see myself wishing to re-read it any time soon so no this isn't one for the shelves.
I don't think I've ever been more disappointed with a books ending, there were so many loose ends that I so wanted answering that I could have literally cried.
Apart from that ....... A really good read, beautifully observed, well written and packed full of characters who had me laughing as well as crying, the author took a subject matter (mainly Rachel having Bipolar Disorder) that could have been depressing and hard work reading and made it seem realistic (all too realistic in places)and very readable without being unduly harrowing. Oh and I learnt an awful lot from it, not only about Bipolar Disorder of which I have scant knowledge but also about the beliefs of the Quaker community.
Written from the viewpoint of several different people Notes From An Exhibition does tend to jump around a fair bit but the author seems to do this with such seamless ease that it somehow only manages to make each characters 'story' more distinct and powerful.