Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher
.ePUB, 283 pages
Publication Date: January 26th 2021 by Gallery Books
About the Book:
Faye is a thirty-seven-year-old happily married mother of two young daughters. Every night, before she puts them to bed, she whispers to them: “You are good, you are kind, you are clever, you are funny.” She’s determined that they never doubt for a minute that their mother loves them unconditionally. After all, her own mother Jeanie had died when she was only seven years old and Faye has never gotten over that intense pain of losing her. But one day, her life is turned upside down when she finds herself in 1977, the year before her mother died. Suddenly, she has the chance to reconnect with her long-lost mother, and even meets her own younger self, a little girl she can barely remember. Jeanie doesn’t recognize Faye as her daughter, of course, even though there is something eerily familiar about her. As the two women become close friends, they share many secrets—but Faye is terrified of revealing the truth about her identity. Will it prevent her from returning to her own time and her beloved husband and daughters? What if she’s doomed to remain in the past forever? Faye knows that eventually she will have to choose between those she loves in the past and those she loves in the here and now, and that knowledge presents her with an impossible choice.
It’s tempting to categorize this book as science fiction, given the time traveling theme, but it’s far more like literary women's fiction. The unconventional premise and non-linear story line rapidly give way to beautiful writing and well-drawn characters, with many a poignant moment. The author has done a brilliant job of telling this complex story, and left this reader in tears and thinking about the book long after it was finished.
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