#BlogBlitz: Far Cry From The Turquoise Room by Kate Rigby #rararesources

This book is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and to Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the Blog Blitz. You can get your copy of the book on one of the purchase links below:
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Far Cry From The Turquoise Room

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, set just before the millennium. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.

Leila is the eight-year-old daughter of Hassan Nassiri, a wealthy Iranian property owner, and younger sister to the adored Fayruz, her father's favourite daughter. 

But a holiday narrowboat tragedy has far-reaching consequences for the surviving family. Hassan withdraws into reclusive grief, when he’s not escaping into work, or high jinks with his men friends at his second home in Hampstead, leaving Leila to fend for herself in a lonely world of nannies, chess and star-gazing.

Leila eventually runs away from home and joins a family of travellers in Sussex, and so follows a tale of adventure, danger and romance – and further anguish for her surviving family. But how will she fare at such a young age and will her family ever find her?

My Thoughts:

Far From The Turquoise Room is a beautiful book that transfixed me with its wonderful characterisations that pulled me in from the outset and enticed me to pull up a chair and join them on their journeys. This really is contemporary literature at its best and I can recommend it to all. 

A family tragedy drives the plot here, as the story unfolds from the perspectives of both Hassan and his daughter Leila. They are both very much overwhelmed by grief but both handle it differently after all Leila is still a child when the tragedy happens. Hassan seemed quite closed off and this made it more difficult to judge his character and his personality but on the other hand Leila is strong and knows her own mind and what she wants to do. I liked her very much and empathised with her much more freely and her struggle for her father to love her as much as her sister. 

The author has done a great job of giving Hassan and Leila distinctive voices and I even had a picture of them built in my head, the periphery characters were also excellently drawn. This is a truly captivating book and when Kate Rigby puts pen to paper a little bit of magic happens. 

This book would make a great book club choice as there is plenty that would be open for discussion and I was left with some questions of my own upon finishing the book. 

A really great and accomplished novel from a talented writer. 

About the Author:
Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way, although she has long term health conditions. Having been traditionally published, small press published and she is now indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.

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).
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011). Hard Workers is to republished for a third time - in an anthology called ‘Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix’ - an anthology of Sexcapades - which is due to be published by Beating Windward Press in the US in February 2018.  It is her shortest ever story and yet the most popular in that sense!  All proceeds will go towards planned parenthood.
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughts and lovely review, Leah. I'm so glad it resonated with you :)