Tuesday 11 August 2020

The Phonebox at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

Anyone else currently struggling in this heat? Sit me down in front of a fan with a book please. One of my latest reads was The Phonebox at the Edge of the World and it was pretty breathtaking. Read on for my review.


The Phonebox at the Edge of the World was a heartfelt and emotional story of grief, love, loss and hope and it left me pretty much speechless. 

In the devastating aftermath of the Tsunami, Yui is left heartbroken and bereft after the loss of her Mother and daughter. She doesn't know how she's going to carry on without them, but somehow she knows that life must continue.

When she hears about the disused phonebox that a man has set up in his garden, she is compelled to visit. Here, those that have lost loved ones, or even those who don't know how to talk to those closest to them, can speak into the disconnected phonebox. It is a place for those to come to terms with their grief and as news travels, people come from far and wide to visit the phonebox and Yui becomes one of them.

It is at the phonebox that she meets Takeshi, who is also grieving his wife and then beautiful, heartwarming things begin to happen.

I don't think I have quite the right words to describe this book, but it was definitely an emotional one. The Phonebox does actually exist and was set up for the exact purpose as this book describes, where people can talk into the wind. Obviously this is not a tourist spot and set up for purely those people who are grieving.

A heartbreaking read, but one where not all is lost and two characters who I rooted for all the way. 

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