Sunday, March 12, 2023

Love The Dark Days

Love The Dark Days is a memoir and partly fictionalized autobiography by Ira Mathur. Released 1st Sept. 2022 by Peepal Tree Press, it's 232 pages and is available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. 

This is a lyrically written and compellingly melancholy memoir chronicling generational trauma through the matrilineal line of the author's family. The product of an privileged multicultural Indian/Trinidadian family, she and her siblings are split up and handed off alternately to servants, school, and grandmothers at the convenience (and whims) of her distant mother. 

The story itself is so sad that it makes for difficult reading in places. The story is also disjointed and occasionally told and fits and starts. It was the beautiful prose that caused me to make the effort to return and finish the read.

Four stars. Recommended for fans of dynastic sagas. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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