“These I have loved:
Pork with apple sauce; tea in a heavy mug;
The smell of new books, and musty ones;
A girl with red coils for curls
–Her scream–Her smile;
The slap of a blonde dog’s tongue
Against my face; and an old face–Nana’s;
A broken fence–a secret pathway between two houses;
The sinking into a familiar bed;
Sheets white and crispy clean;
The return of a woman in a green coat–
Imperfect and human; The sound of poetry;
And of pencil lead scuffing the page as I write;
Made-up stores; and Truth.
These I have loved.”
Each time I read a Sarah Crossan novel, I’m become more and more moved and awed. I’ve always been a big fan of verse novels since studying one in high school, but I haven’t ever had quite the reaction to them until I started reading Sarah’s work. Her style of voice is astounding and true, her stories relatable and powerful. Each of her books are poetic storytelling at its best.
Apple and Rain was the first of Sarah’s novels I read. It’s not a verse novel, but it does incorporate poetry into it and I found Sarah’s prose still had the verse-feeling to it somehow. Apple and Rain is a story about a girl’s reunion with the Mum who left her and the secret she’s kept from her daughter. It’s about being lost and finding the strength to open up to love again. It’s truly a remarkable and breathtaking story that I recommend to any one who’s felt let down and alone, who needs a reminder of what’s special in this world.
I actually reviewed this book a few years ago when I first started my blog; not the best review I’ve written, that’s for sure, but read it here.
The Weight of Water is the first of Sarah’s verse novels I read, and it’s truly a heartbreaking and insightful look at a daughter and her Mum’s relocation from their home country Poland to the UK. The novel focuses largely on Kasienka’s effort of trying to fit into a new culture and her Mum’s desperate attempt to find her husband. It’s a tremendous novel about the alienation of immigrants, and the search for love and new beginnings.
Again, I wrote a review on this book a few years ago. Read it here
It’s been a long time since a book really made me cry, but One did. It made me cry quite hard, and I was surprised by that. I’m not entirely sure if I can really express how much Sarah’s beautiful words and painting of two remarkable sisters touched my heart. This is a tender, honest novel that I wish I could experience reading again for the first time.
After reading One, I discovered I still hadn’t read Moonrise, so I quickly got in hold of a copy and wow, this time around I wasn’t as surprised that it made me cry so much I had an enormous lump in my throat for hours afterwards. I’m not even joking. It really, really got me deep this novel. I was so affected by the story, the characters, the writing style. By the heartbreak, the injustice, the strength of family. I was left speechless. Thank you, Sarah Crossan, for writing such an important novel.
Moonrise was also mentioned in a recent Top Five Wednesday post of mine, read it here
Please read Sarah Crossan’s books! She is a remarkable, one of a kind storyteller 🙂
Until next time,
Jasmine @ Thesepaperwords