Published by Pushkin Press on August 16 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Fiction, Humorous
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Miriam hasn't left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world.
Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife Sadie doesn't love him, and never has. And so he decides to run away.
Miriam and Ralph's chance meeting in a wood during stormy weather marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship, while Sadie takes a break from Twitter to embark on an intriguing adventure of her own. As their collective story unfolds, each of them seeks to better understand the objects of their affection, and their own hearts, timidly refusing to stand still and accept the chaos life throws at them. Filled with wit and sparkling prose, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores our attempts to meaningfully connect with ourselves and others, in an often deafening world - when sometimes all we need is a bit of silence.
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2016, Rachel Elliott’s début novel is deserving of every word of praise. ‘Whispers Through A Megaphone’ doesn’t just deserve to be shouted about – it needs to be yelled.
Miriam is a recluse, but only recently is she a reluctant one. Anxious, timid, and speaking in a literal whisper, years of cruel dominance by a mother with mental health issues have taken their toll. Already beaten down by years of abuse and manipulation, when she’s attacked in a local woods it pushes her over the edge causing her severe agoraphobia. Now, after three years of only leaving her house as far as her garden, she’s grabbing the bull by the horns and making the brave step of getting on with her life.
Ralph is a discontented soul: trapped in a job he never wanted, a contemptuous marriage, and with twin sons who he just can’t seem to connect with, he’s definitely struggling. A chance discovery forces his hand and he leaves it all behind, choosing to live in a hut in the woods. It’s here that his and Miriam’s paths cross, giving rise to a genuine, if a little unhinged, relationship that sees the pair through their individual journeys of self-discovery.| | | Next → |