How it All Began by Penelope Lively
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Rather like a set of tumbling blocks, one event triggers or enables another in this "lively" read of Penelope Livelys'.
A woman is mugged, forcing her to live with her daughter for a time. Due to that, her daughter has to miss an important trip with her boss, whereby his niece fills in, causing a change in her plans and leaving a text message that falls into the wrong hands. And so it goes; one event spurs another.
All coincidence? For Ms. Lively, yes, as she makes her characters ones that do not believe in the hand of God. Would the same ends be accomplished in another fashion? It would seem not in this story. Also, it is far easier to blame others for what befalls us rather than take some of the responsibility ourselves.
Much food for thought here, all written in a compelling manner.
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