Glasshopper Review: “carefully observed … mesmerisingly beautiful”

Easy Living

Easy Living Glasshopper Review Oct 09

“The future looks bleak for 13-year-old Jake growing up in the 1980s.  Abandoned by a missing brother and absent father, he’s left with Mary, his bipolar, alcoholic mother, and seeks escapism in the stories of Greek mythology.  Then, just as reconciliation with long-lost family members means things start to look up, a holiday unearths unbearably dark secrets.  The narratives of both Jake and his mother weave a poetic web from the strands and secrets of their unpredictable and unstable family life into a tale that’s carefully observed, unexpected and mesmerisingly beautiful.”

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Reviewed this month alongside A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore and Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.

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