Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage by Chella Courington is a beautifully crafted snippet of true to life fiction. Written in vignettes, this is a book that feels more like peeking through the window into the lives of the characters within.
Adele and Tom are both writers and the book follows their emotional ups and downs of marriage. This short read is more like being a nosey neighbour twitching at the lace curtains over periods of time, as you witness snap shots of the lives of Adele and Tom. Without giving spoilers, these freeze frames, taken from both Adele and Tom’s perspectives are poignant, melancholic, tender, competitive, longing and caring.
Courington’s writing is compassionate and truthful. In some cases the brief paragraphs that make up a chapter contain only a few long sentences, allowing the reader to feel as though they are tumbling inside the mind of the down hearted character.
I adored this piece of writing which could be picked up and read over an extended time frame, or like I did in one sitting. No this story doesn’t take you away to a fantasy world where romance is clearly the stuff of fiction, but it is a reminder that life isn’t always easy; it’s hard and relationships need to be a balance of give and take to work.
Given the aura of sadness I seem to have given this review I will admit that this fictional work gave me comfort and allowed me to breathe. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
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