I will think about this night with Sally and her brother whenever someone talks about MAID. Two courageous siblings talk through the night about decisions, failures, as they wait for the hour when Sally will choose to die with dignity.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Extraordinary. It's short (novella length), but it still succeeds at telling a compelling story and getting the read invested in the characters.
This book is best read at one sitting; fortunately, it's short enough for that. It's essentially a single conversation, taking place at a critical moment in the lives of a brother and sister. It's a celebration of life at the moment of leaving it, an ode to love, forgiveness, regrets, understanding, acceptance.
Comparisons with Mitch Albom immediately come to mind, along with echoes of Alice Munroe at her best.
Given the subject matter, perhaps the highest praise I can bestow is that, to my surprise, Gilmour succeeds in making me envy Sally just a little bit for the richness of her life and the serenity she has achieved.
I loved this book. Smooth, captivating style keeps you interested in the life (and death) of the characters.
I'll keep this brief in the spirit of the novel. This was an amazing book, but does it still count as a book if it only takes a few hours to read? Between the amount of pages and the size of the pages itself... it felt like a long short story. (An amazing one, but a short story nevertheless.) That being said, I enjoyed every page of it, and will make sure to read more of his works.
This is a short but moving novel. Gilmour draws you quickly into the siblings' conversation and reflections on their lives, as they spend this last strange evening together.
A very quick book - readable in 1 day. This author does great dialogue but aside from that the plot was pretty uneventful.
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