“To stay in the gloaming is to hold off the night. But if the night never comes, then neither can the day.”
One of my favourite things to do is to read books with no idea of the plot or blurb. You can dive in without the heavy knowledge of other people’s good (or bad) reviews. You are free to form your own opinion, without doubt or frustration.
I was kindly sent this book by the publisher and I hadn’t heard anything about the book before. I had no idea what a gloaming was, and began with the impression that it was some kind of mermaid. It won’t give anything away to tell you that I was completely wrong (as you may very well be aware) – the gloaming is that part of the day when the sun begins to set and everything turns golden.
This is a strange and beautiful tale. Masterfully linking fairy tales and tragedy and real human lives, Logan has created an imaginative novel perfectly intertwining love and grief.
The gloaming might be that stage of a relationship where the first consuming infatuation has faded and everything is covered with a glow; the gloaming might be the bridge between life and death; the gloaming might be that confusing time between childhood and adulthood. It might be all of these, and all of these are covered with a brave and insightful touch in this story.
The love story in this book is between two women – and it was a joy to read. There are so few good stories which focus on lesbian relationships, and this was excellent. Mara and Pearl are real and flawed, their relationship equal parts heart warming and heart breaking.
I was glued to this book. I couldn’t put it down, and I can’t wait to read more of Logan’s work.
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