Review: The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell

 

Title: The Sparkle Pages

Author: Meg Bignell

Published: April 16th Penguin AU

Status: Read April 2019, courtesy Penguin 

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My Thoughts:

Susannah Parks is convinced her marriage of fifteen years has lost it’s spark and, from the comfort of her wardrobe, begins to formulate a New Years Resolution. She will be interested, and be interesting, she will be stylish and have great hair, she will be relevant and useful, and she will have passionate sex with her husband.

“We certainly had passion once. Sometimes I catch a fleeting flash of it again, but for the most part, passion just seems to have fallen by the wayside….(There are lot of good things by the wayside, if only I could find where it is – somewhere near the too-hard basket, probably.)”

It’s been a while since a book has both made laugh out loud, and moved me to tears.

As a wife and mother of four myself, I perhaps related better to Susannah than it is wise to admit. From the barely controlled chaos of Susannah’s days, to the tedium of cleaning, cooking and caretaking for a young family, to the dwindling priority of intimacy (ok..yes, sex) in a marriage. Unlike her though, I have always understood that marriage, and family life, has its ups and downs as it is a constantly changing dynamic.

This too is what Susannah eventually comes to realise, with the help of her best friend, the indomitable Ria, her family, her friends and her neighbour, Valda. It is Susannah who has lost her spark, buried under piles of wet towels, baskets of insecurity, and a load of guilt so heavy, it has all but been extinguished.

Though there is plenty of humour, and moments of sheer absurdity, to be found in this novel, the story also reveals a shocking truth and heartbreaking tragedy. The author’s writing shines as she deftly steers the reader through sadness and joy.

The Sparkle Pages is witty, wise, honest and moving, a glittering debut from Australian author, Karen Bignell, it’s my favourite read so far this year.

“Sparks. Passion and sparks. And when there are no sparks, at least just a little sparkle.”

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#lovebetweenthepages

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda Barrett
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 21:07:16

    Wow, this one sounds great and it get your full seal of approval. I’m putting it on my TBR, thank you for a lovely review.

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  2. Tanya Atkinson
    Apr 16, 2019 @ 21:29:08

    This sounds like a women’s fiction novel that is easily relatable – at least to anyone who has been married for years. Seems like a very impressive debut. Great review!

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  3. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Apr 20, 2019 @ 20:05:59

    Enjoyed your review.

    Liked by 1 person

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  4. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Apr 20, 2019 @ 21:32:40

    What a great sounding book and so relatable. I think it’s so easy for all of us to lose our spark at some time.

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