Sep 3, 2014

The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan

How far would you go for the one you love the most?
A stormy love affair. A secret. A discovery that changes everything …
Louise Fenton flies to a devastated Thailand to search for her mother, missing following the Boxing Day tsunami. The only trace she can find is her mother’s distinctive bag. Inside it is a beautifully crafted atlas belonging to a writer named Claire Shreve. But what is the connection between Claire and Louise’s missing mum, and can the atlas help Louise find her?
As Louise explores the notes and mementoes slipped between the pages of the atlas she learns the story of a life-changing revelation, a tragedy and a passionate love affair. And she uncovers a secret that nearly destroyed Claire and the man she loved – the same secret her mother has been guarding all these years …

 When the Boxing Day tsunami hits Thailand Louise fears her mother is in trouble. As soon as she's able to go she starts looking for her. Because she doesn't know her exact whereabouts she is a bit lost at first. Fortunately there's a volunteer who's kind enough to help her. Soon she seems to be getting answers, but they only raise more questions. She finds her mother's bag, but inside there's a possession of someone else. It's a creative, personal and artistic atlas filled with tokens and memories. The atlas belongs to a woman named Claire. Louise doesn't understand what the connection is between her mother and this unknown woman. Because Louise hopes to find out more about her mother's whereabouts she opens the atlas to look for clues. Inside she finds parts of a story, a troubled relationship with a lot of ups and downs and many secrets. Will she be able to find out what links this special book to her mother?
In The Atlas of Us there are two stories. Louise is looking for her mother in the days after the devastating tsunami in Thailand. When she opens the atlas Claire's story begins. Claire is a journalist who travels the world. She's infertile and that is something she has to learn how to live with. I thought this tragedy was beautifully and honestly described and I'm sure that a lot of women who are in the same situation will find comfort in this. Claire's life is interesting and never boring. When she finally finds true love, there's still no easy happiness for her. She cares a lot about all the people around her, only she needs to learn how to make peace with herself and she has to find out who she is, which means she has some tough choices to make. Louise is actually looking for the exact same thing. She's the opposite of Claire in many ways. She hardly ever travels and she's a stay at home mother with two children. She's living in her husband's shadow. Is that relationship really all that life has in store for her? It's taking a while to find out what's happened to Claire and to Louise's mother and I loved every moment of it. I admire the way Tracy Buchanan crafted this beautiful story and worked towards the end by constantly giving away little, well dosed, bits of information. This book is such an impressive read. I don't have enough words to describe how fantastic it is. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great book and very emotional. Another to add to wish list xx


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