There is Always More to Say – Lynda Young Spiro

February 7, 2017 Book Reviews 0

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Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever. An unexpected meeting – a look that means their lives will never be the same again. In “There Is Always More To Say”, Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction both are transformed.” C G Jung

What we say – review by Nikki Ford:

Well, goodness me, I’ve never read anything like this book! It’s always exciting and quite wonderful to come across something that surprises you and, Lynda Young Spiro’s book certainly did that.

It’s written in the style of a memoir or a long love letter to a past lover. It’s full of raw emotion and heart-breaking honesty as a 55-year-old woman pours out her thoughts and memories, hopes and fears in short bursts but with achingly real emotion. There were also some beautiful quotes used at the beginning and end of each chapter.

The book is short, which I think is wise, as so much emotion could be too exhausting for the reader (and surely for the author too) but it is packed full. At times repetitive, due to the outpouring style, it is certainly a fascinating look at love and friendship, spread out over many years.

If I had a criticism it would be that the epistolary format often left events a little unclear. For example, the couple first met in 1984 and the circumstances were often repeated and yet I was given no description of how it happened – what did they say to each other? Who made the first move? Only the letter writer was given a voice and so I felt a little distant from all the events. But maybe that was intentional? This couple was so close that everyone else is left looking on from the outside but never as involved. And in that way this book rings so true – who can ever really understand love unless you are in its grip?

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