The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss. A parent deals with the fallout when one of his daughters has a medical crisis.
Mixed feelings about this one. I read it about the time my son went into hospital and it's strikingly realistic about the feelings and procedures. The protagonist is an academic researching Coventry Cathedral and passages about the bombing and rebuilding parallel the story. I found it surprisingly compelling considering how little happens, and it kept me reading till the end. It's a good account of contemporary British parenting.
On the other hand, the ending is pretty anticlimactic and the story pretty much tails off. Having read two other books by this author where there is an ominous tone but everything is pretty much fine by the end I wasn't expecting anything else. I think the author could do with being a bit more ruthless with her characters, so you can at least suspect one you care about might die. Also as a working parent who does the bulk of the childcare, the stay-at-home parent protagonist seems like a bit of a whiner.
Overall, not bad. The quality of the writing and observation keeps you interested, but not her best and she could do with more variety of tone.
What I'm Watching
Saw Blade Runner 2049 at the cinema. I'd avoided all reviews and trailers beforehand. It was a more art-movieish than I'd expected, with some thoughtful stuff but not that much actual depth. Visually it's great with the original look expanded into vast dusty, hazy expanses. Plot is OK but ending is a bit flat.
Didn't seem particularly sexist in terms of its plot and characters despite the kerfuffles, but it does have more topless nudity than most modern movies.
Overall, pretty good. Glad I saw it at the cinema for the visuals. Think it might seem a bit dull on the small screen.
Homes should not be tax havens. There seems to be no link between competitiveness and tax rate. The real reason for the decline in marriage isn't loose morals - it's worsening economic conditions. The curious rise in undeserved life sentences.
Politics. How not to topple a Conservative leader. What Centrists can learn from Marxist methods. Recovering Dominic Cummings' tweets. Conservatives are the real campus thought police squashing academic freedom. Why the Tories can't solve the housing crisis.
Articles. I invented Baileys.
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