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Something Like a Book Review - Mad Hope (Heather Birrell)
April 12, 2014
I picked up this book a couple days ago at the library.
There was a sticker on the front cover that said "THE VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST", and for some reason, that day, this declaration of locality was enough to carry me towards the check-out machines.
Mad Hope is a collection of short stories about people that are made beautiful and heroic in their ordinariness. There is an honest intimacy that Birrell has with each of her characters, and the subtle nuances she captures in the detailing of their personalities and reflections; solitude and interactions; actions and omissions, are so consistent and vulnerable that they practically breathe. Three young sisters that explore past the world of innocence and security; an emotionally exhausted couple who travel to try to blot out the fact that they are unable to concieve; a high school teacher who is asked to overstep his boundaries to help a desperate student; and an unexpected solidarity in a hospital waiting room challenge one's definition of strength and tragedy.
With precision, wit, and reverence Birrell draws readers' attention to lives and situations we may be never took the time to truly consider before.