Happy Book Birthday to Death and Other Holidays!
Vogel’s debut work of fiction is the story of a young woman coping with the death of her stepfather and going about her life for a year after his death. I didn’t catch the main character’s name, but it really felt as if I was experiencing things from her perspective.
The structure of this book was fascinating. Each chapter was a different essay like piece about a day in her life or a certain topic she was coping with or experiencing. The prose felt very poetic, and her words were chosen carefully to evoke emotion in a unique way. I felt extremely connected to this young woman, and felt a depth of empathy I don’t often experience in novels, particularly in such a short novella of only 144 pages. I thoroughly appreciated Vogel’s word choice throughout the book, as she created this way of speaking that felt like a conversation but also like a journal entry, which was a very intimate reading experience.
I was really startled by the ending, and I have to say I’m not totally sure what was going on there. I think Vogel left it intentionally vague, but I’m looking forward to seeing what others think of the ending. After such a realistic book, the ending struck me as almost fantastical and abrupt.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.