This book was published 3rd November 2011 and is available in paperback or eBook. I have had this book sat on my TBR mountain for a little while, I was fortunate to win it as part of a giveaway competition run by NeverlandBT in July of this year.
Told from both daughter and father’s perspectives, Far Cry From The Turquoise Room is a coming-of-age, riches-to-rags tale of loss, resilience, and self-discovery. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.
It is told from the perspective of father and daughter. The father, Hassan, is a successful business man, his daughter is Leila, is the youngest of two daughters. Now at this point I really do not want to give anything away, so I apologise for my vagueness. But, a tragedy befalls the family, this story charts the way that Leila and her father deal with it, how the family dynamics have changed, also for Leila growing up and becoming a teenager. At times it is heartbreaking, emotional and also annoying, I will explain that it is a good annoying, this is because of the decisions that the characters take. There is a good range of emotions that run through this story and the characters have chances to make different decisions, but due to their stubbornness, they don’t.
I thought the characters were well written and the author has managed to keep the inflections of Hassan’s speech, he is Iranian. The idea of the story I found to be very good and it was a very compelling read. As I made my way through this book I was desperate to get to the end, in a good way, so I could discover the outcomes, but at the same time didn’t want it to end. It was a simple, addictive but very well written story line.
I would happily recommend this book to readers of contemporary fiction. I also think it would make a great choice for Book Clubs / Groups, there are a range of themes in the book that would make for some very interesting talking discussions.
About the Author:
Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it in ‘Little Guide To Unhip’. However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007) and is now available on Kindle. She has had other short stories published and shortlisted and has put together a collection of these in ‘Tales By Kindlelight’. She has many other fiction titles on Kindle and is planning to get her previously published titles back into paperback as well as previously unpublished titles.
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