Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

Is there magic in memory? Is it magic to remember everything differently from the person who shared the time period with you? This is a thoughtful exploration of the relationship between two people, Robin and Izzie. They had been an item many years ago. Then Robin disappears. Then Izzie sees a bum that looks just like Robin after her husband dies. It's predictable in this one place, that bumping into Robin is the impetus for the rest of the book. 
Chapters alternate between the point of view of Robin and the point of view of Izzie. As the book goes on, it becomes clearer that their memories of what the time was like just before Robin disappeared is quite different. And it all starts on the day they visited the Faerie Tree. If you are expecting urban fantasy, this is not it. 
This book is different from most of my reads. The pace is slowish and thoughtful as each character examines what they remember from the time they were together. This is punctuated by spats, current memories, and life in general. 
I was unable to predict the ending for the most part beyond that they figure out whose memory of the past is more reliable.This is a good thing. I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending though. To tell you why, would mean spoilers. So, I will just say that there are unresolved issues with illness and with a sudden personality change. 
In general, if you like fiction about relationships that involve thoughtful examination of them, then this is a book for you. In some ways, the tone reminds me a little of Anne Tyler's writing. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars for the quality of the writing. The pace of the book was a little slow in places, but overall it's a good book.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.