Told in the first-person by Jules who is the youngest of three siblings who became orphans at relatively young ages, the focus throughout the book is on memory and the effect of death upon it. The theme repeats itself several times as the author introduces various characters and losses over the years in Jules’s and his siblings lives.
After the death of his parents, Jules is sent to a boarding school where he feels lost and his once carefree nature is altered forever. This of course changes his perceived destiny as well as those of his older siblings who cope with their collective loss in different ways. Being the youngest child, Jules feels abandoned by everyone.
The novel follows Jules into adulthood where once again he finds himself faced with the loss of a loved one. However, this time, his siblings come to his aid and their familial bond is reinvented.
This is well-written story with memorable quotes and universal themes. I was emotionally moved by it and recommend it.
Please note, I received an advance copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.