Strike Your Heart

strike your heart

Amelie Nothomb has written a short novel every year for the past twenty odd years. This, her twenty-fifth, is, of the ones I’ve read, certainly her best.

It deals with familiar, even archetypal Nothombian, themes: namely, female relationships, and the cruelty sometimes inherent within.

The crux of the book is that young Diane’s mother doesn’t like her. Cannot stand her, in fact. Blames her for her youth and vitality draining into a humdrum life. But she loves her other children – it’s just Diane whom she treats coldly. And it is this thread, and it how it affects and shapes Diane’s life, that the book is about.

Beautiful, cruel and heart-rending, the story is engrossing and the writing is absolutely top-notch. I tore through this book in one sitting. Highly recommended.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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