Review- If you cross the river #edelweissplus#ARC#bookblogger

Title- If you cross the river

Author- Genevieve Damas

Translation- Jody Glading

Genre- fiction

Pages- 152

Publisher- Milkweed press

.My rating- 4/5

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.Strongly moving, raw and warm story.

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This is a small novella about a young boy, Francois, on the verge of becoming a man; who faces day to day adversities in most feeble way possible.
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He fears his aloof father and tantalizing brothers and tries to find answers to his long list of curiosities with the help of friends; a priest, a pig and memory of her lost sister.
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It tickles reader throughout and makes one to giggle and causes whirlpool of emotions.
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Boy is simple and so is writing which keeps reader’s eyes glued to effortlessly flowing prose.
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Translator being a poet #jodygladding; has put magic of poetry into each paragraph.
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I found similarity in writing of author with two other writers I have read recently. Soul of story and human animal connection is very similar to ‘#Redbirds by #Mohammedhanif and funny prose resembles writing of #fredrickbackman.
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Author is Belgian whose debut novel is truly impressive.
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I will recommend it as a two day soothing read which produces elation as well as paints sadness.
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Only weak section is later half when Francois comes face to face with realities and sone hind of stagnation apoears in fast story.

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.Thanks #edelweissplus and author for review copy.

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