Stories we tell ourselves by Sarah Francoise is set to be released in April 2018. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review. This review contains no plot spoliers.
Frank and Joan have been together for thirty five years, they have three children; Lois, Maya and William, two grandchildren Gitsy and Finn and a dog, Simon. For the first time in five years, the whole family will be reunited for Christmas in their family home in the French Alps, with several of their relationships struggling the books follows their attempt to pull together for a perfect family Christmas.
I ended up giving this two stars, I was expecting a bit more to happen but this is essentially a book about people and their relationships, not a lot actually happens. A lot of information is thrown at you in the first part of the book, a lot of characters and their occasionally multiple relationships are introduced in quite quick succession with quite a few flashbacks which aren’t obviously flashbacks at first, at which point I was mainly confused and close to giving up.
This settled down and the majority of the book bumbled along quite enjoyably, the character development is great, they are all well thought out, realistic, flawed people. The tension between some characters gradually starts to build and I had three or four different theories about who would discover what about who or drop someone else in it and so on, but then I realised that I was about 95% of the way through on my kindle and there wasn’t really time for any of that to happen.
If you enjoy character and relationships focused books then definitely give this one a go, there quite a few thought-provoking morality based scenarios/questions to tangent on. Main highlights for me included Gitsy, the five year old who plans to stay up to ‘catch’ Santa by fuelling up on clementines and Simon (the dog) contemplating how he would go about committing suicide while simultaneously wondering if he actually wants to or if he just wants to go for a walk.