My book review of 'Everyone is Still Alive' by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Everyone is Still Alive
When her mother dies, Juliet moves into the old family home on Magnolia Road with her husband Liam and young son Charlie.
Details of the routine, the chores and frustrations of their daily life are spelt out. Nothing much of note seems to happen.
As Juliet contends with memories of her childhood and her relationship with her mother, she is challenged by the lives of the other young parents in the street. As they all struggle to find their place while managing work and home, a potential tragedy causes them all to reevaluate.
This is a wonderful book. It's a gentle and vivid, entertaining and moving account of raising a family, living a life of plenty yet still wanting more. Then ultimately realising what's important in life. I loved it and didn't want it to end.