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remembering the bones

When I found out that Frances Itani was coming to the Central library this fall I decided to check out her newest title. I must admit, I’ve never read Frances Itani before, but I truly enjoyed this novel and I think you will too.

 

The novel opens with an introduction to our main character, Georgie (Georgina Danforth Witley), who is about to leave for England to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II. Because she was born on the exact same day as the Queen, Georgie and 99 other lucky guests received a special invitation to lunch with her in Buckingham Palace. Georgie’s bags are packed and she is ready to drive herself to the airport. And then a mere kilometer or two from her own home, Georgie careens off the road deep into a ravine. Likely there is very little evidence of her car going off of the road. This is one of the first few thoughts Georgie has as she inventories her body for injuries. She is alive, and has been thrown from her car. Here is where Frances Itani engages the reader with her wonderful storytelling technique. Georgie keeps herself from panicking, she holds on to hope for rescue, and refrains from giving into her injuries, by sharing her life with the reader. We learn of her late husband Harry and their life together. We learn of their only daughter Case (Cassandra), and of the one son they lost many years ago. Frances Itani does a beautiful job of weaving Georgie’s current physical state of injury, with what she has endured in her life.

 

Remembering the bones is a beautifully written novel. Not once did I find it difficult to get through. In fact, I was eager to get to it whenever I could.

 

Does she die? Does Georgie get rescued? I won’t give it away. You’ll have to read for yourself and perhaps come to Central October 29th and meet Frances Itani in person. Richard Wright, who wrote Clara Callan, will also be reading from his new book. I know I’ll be there!