BRIGHT BURNING THINGS
Publication Date: 4 March 2021
Being Tommy's mother is too much for Sonya.
Too much love, too much fear, too much longing for the cool wine she gulps from the bottle each night. Because Sonya is burning the fish fingers, and driving too fast, and swimming too far from the shore, and Tommy's life is in her hands.
Once there was the thrill of a London stage, a glowing acting career, fast cars, handsome men. But now there are blackouts and bare cupboards, and her estranged father showing up uninvited. There is Mrs O'Malley spying from across the road. There is the risk of losing Tommy - forever.
Bright Burning Things is the kind of read that I couldn't stop thinking about, days after finishing it, it stayed in my mind, I kept thinking about Sonya and Tommy and wondered how they were coping now.
I loved the first person narrative by a hyper-active Sonya, her jagged words and thoughts and deeds, she tried so hard to be a good mum, without her own mother to guide her, she often failed, but where she didn't fail was in her love for her son.
The writing was mesmerising, I was transfixed, I didn't care much for Sonya at the start but my feelings gradually changed throughout the book as Sonya gradually changed.
Though some of Sonya's actions were difficult to understand like driving too fast with Tommy in the back whooping, not sending him to school, not feeding him enough ..... which I found hard to read at times, I could not put it down.
One to remember!
Thanks to Laura Meyer at Bloomsbury Books for giving me the chance to read this special book