Review: Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander

 

Title: Meredith, Alone

Author: Claire Alexander

Published: 9th June 2022, Michael Joseph

Status: Read September 2022 courtesy PenguinRandomHouse Australia

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My Thoughts:

 

In this poignant character driven novel, author Claire Alexander introduces us to Meredith Maggs. Meredith is 39 years old, a freelance writer who lives in Glasgow, and hasn’t stepped over her threshold for 1,214 days.

It’s not that Meredith chose to not leave, one day she simply couldn’t.

As the narrative progresses in the present, we learn Meredith hasn’t stopped living exactly. She has her work, her routines, and anything she needs can be delivered to her door. She may be alone, but Meredith claims she isn’t lonely, she has her beloved cat, Fred, to keep her company, her best friend, Sadie, often stops by with her two small children, and her friendship circle is slowly expanding. Holding Hands volunteer, Tom, insists on regular visits, and through her online support group, Meredith bonds with newbie Celeste.

But there are things Meredith misses. Like swimming, hugs, and her sister, Fee.

Flashbacks provide glimpses of Meredith’s past including her difficult childhood, illuminating her relationship with her mother and sister, whom she hasn’t seen for years, and the accumulation of the heartbreaking circumstances that led to Meredith’s agoraphobia.

Beautifully told, written with warmth, compassion and a touch of humour, this is a tender story about trauma, survival, friendship and ultimately, about hope.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 14:02:55

    Unusual but I can understand. Thanks for the review.

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  2. sandysbookaday
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 15:05:13

    Beautiful review, Shelleyrae. I really wanted to read this, but was declined. 😣 I m going to recommend that our library purchase a copy. ❤📚

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  3. WendyW
    Sep 30, 2022 @ 01:40:17

    Agoraphobia is such a debilitating illness. This sounds so poignant.

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 01, 2022 @ 05:39:45

    This is a topic I haven’t seen in novels and it sounds really well done.

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  5. Tina
    Oct 01, 2022 @ 23:53:12

    You are my biggest enabler when it comes to books! And of course I love you for it. xxx I just requested it from Netgalley we will see if they like me enough to give me a copy. Great review.

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