Sometimes, when a book is truly life-changing, it takes carefully-chosen words to convey the weight and scale of its achievement.
There are oodles of great reviews, including Publisher’s Weekly and Oprah, as well as a starred review from Kirkus that addresses the eloquence and intelligence of Sankovitch’s prose and the pleasure in store for readers (‘…even the well-read reader will be inspired to explore some of the books from this magical year,’ Kirkus) but I think Thrity Umrigar says it best:
“Nina Sankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that reminds us of the most primal function of literature – to heal, to nurture and to connect us to our truest selves.” Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us, Bombay Time, and The Weight of Heaven
The word that resonates most for me is ‘primal’. From the first page to the last, Sankovitch’s story, told in elegant, unpretentious prose, is deeply affecting. It’s an unforgettable story of grief and a roadmap back to joy; a book to relish in the first reading, and then to keep carefully on the shelf because, no matter how fortunate we are, grief will find most of us at some point or other. But, thanks to ‘Tolstoy and the Purple Chair’, we have a ready-made path through it and back to life.
To read ‘The Inside Story: Authors’ Q & A’ with Nina Sankovitch, please CLICK HERE.
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