Why did I choose to read this novella?…I need say no more than it is the latest work by Alexis Hall.
Author: Alexis Hall
Cover Artist: Simone
Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
People come as well as go.
Twelve years ago, Edwin Tully came to Oxford and fell in love with a boy named Marius. He was brilliant. An artist. It was going to be forever.
Two years ago, it ended.
Now Edwin lives alone in the house they used to share. He tends to damaged books and faded memories, trying to build a future from the fragments of the past.
Alexis Hall proves again that he can turn his hand to, seemingly, any style, or form of writing. This little gem of a novella is calmly reflective, and feels very personal and authentic.
The breakdown of Edwin Tully’s relationship with Marcus has left him both stuttering in his speech, and his ability to move on with his life. The flood of the title is both literal and metaphorical bringing a hope of salvation in the gentle form of Adam Dacre.
The paranoias of Edwin are mine, and I suspect representative of those fears and thoughts that many of us keep hidden away inside us. As always I include some quotes from the stories I review…this first is a universal truth.
You don’t fall in love with a house. You fall in love with the life you could have in it.
This is why it is so hard to remain in a house where a relationship has failed, or been parted through death… that dream stays long after the partner. This brings me to the only other defined character, Mrs P. an adorable, feisty octogenarian. She was the cause of this wonderful sarcastic line of humour, when she suggests to Edwin, they wade in search of the swollen river.
We were going to end up as newspaper headlines: Pensioner and Homosexual Found Dead in River – Coincidence, Tragedy or Satanic Ritual Gone Wrong?
As the reader we metaphorically trace our way through Edwin’s dreams for his house, in the form of chapter introductions. As often with a good novella there is so much to discuss that as a reviewer you run the risk of the review ending up longer than the reviewed. However, this author has written a novella of great profundity, which has made this reviewer think a lot.
In the chapter entitled ‘The Hallway’ we learn that Edwin is not ready for Adam, he is not ready…
To gather up the dust of my heart and scatter it again on the winds of hope.
Okay, I admit it I sighed, and nodded, as I have felt this and I guess most of you have, but it takes a good writer to put our feelings and thoughts into the few words that will make us ‘sigh’. How many of us have thought this…
…give yourself a chance with him.”
“A chance at what?”
“Be with someone again.”…
“W-what if I’m unbeable with?”
This short story covers; loneliness, break up, low self esteem, moving on, kindness of strangers, love and fear of loss. It transmits the hard issues of a lived life in a short gentle work. There are so many highlighted notes in my kindle but I had to finish with this one…
Oh, why was it so easy to believe Marius didn’t want me, and so impossible to accept Adam did?
I, genuinely, said aloud in my empty bedroom, ‘This is me,’ and it is and I expect it is you too.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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