Today I hand back to Mandie who has reviewed the short story, There Is Always More To Say by Lynda Young Spiro.
The Official Book Blurb
Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever.An unexpected meeting – a look that means their lives will never be the same again.
In “There Is Always More To Say”, Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction both are transformed.” C G Jung
When I read There is Always More to Say I was not sure if this was a memoir or a work of fiction written in the style of a memoir. To add to the confusion you are never really sure of the gender of any of the characters in the book although you do assume that the one telling the story is female as they make reference to a husband and child… then again even that is not a given these days so maybe it says more about how we assume things based on what society considers to be normal. The book spans 30 years of friendship and to be honest throughout I was not sure exactly what that friendship consisted of. You got the impression they were very close and there were some things that only they knew.
I think this is why I struggled with the book. You are given insights into the narrator’s life and frustrations but not really anything about the nature of the friendship that was essentially the main topic of the story. We are so used to having defined ideas to follow and when you remove the things that usually enable us to engage our imagination and ideas such as names, gender & actual relationships you can find it hard to connect with the story being told. That’s not to say that this was a bad book but at times I did struggle with it. Just when I thought I had got an idea of the relationships, something else happened to make me wonder about it. Essentially though it reads as a story about first love and how it can affect your life. It is only a short book and with each chapter there are quotes that seem to tie in nicely with what you have just read. My only criticism would be was that due to its length the ending seemed a bit abrupt.
If you are looking for a book that can challenge what you think you need to know then this book is for you.
My thanks to the author for the copy of There Is Always More To Say for review. It is available to purchase from the following retailers.