Seven Days of Us
This book made me laugh out loud at times and cringe at others. Not because of the bad writing, quite the opposite, the emotions we pretty much all because I could see how given the same circumstance most families would pretty quickly begin showing their own flaws, shortcomings, and idiosyncratic quirks.
Seven Days of Us covers a week of forced isolation over with Christmas period. The Birch family is made up of mum, dad and two adult daughters. For most humans the few days with your nearest and dearest around Christmas often end up strained, imagine a week of it!
This story is delightfully told and whilst there is the odd bit that feels a bit “twee” the novel doesn’t pretend to be a literary masterpiece and is perfect holiday reading.
Characters are flawed, but real, and forgivable. Artful writing allows you to feel some empathy, if not sympathy at the silly situations they get themselves into.
The novel, at it’s deepest, touches on the roles we can be cast into early on in our family life; and how sometimes it can be hard for both the individual and those interacting with them to throw off preconceived and often outdated ideas of who and what we are.
This was a really captivating read, and whilst somewhat predictable, with an annoying (forced?) conclusion, I really did enjoy it and would happily recommend.
About the Author
Francesca Hornak is a journalist and writer, whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Red, Grazia and Stylist. Her column History Of The World In 100 Modern Objects first appeared in The Sunday Times Style Magazine in 2013 and ran for two years, later becoming a title with Portico. Francesca is also the author of a second non-fiction book, Worry with Mother(Portico).