It is May 1968. Students are rioting, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, and war is raging in Vietnam.
For three ordinary women in Lisbon, London and Washington life must go on as usual. For them, just to survive is an act of courage. How much has really changed in 50 years?
I really enjoyed this story and it was definitely a book that made me think.
It was well written and I really enjoyed reading about the different plotlines. It must have been interesting to have lived through the events mentioned in the book, I know a little about that time period but I loved how the author brought it to life. I enjoyed that whilst the characters for the main plots are all very different, you see the similarities from what they are going through in their own parts of the world.
Although this is a work of fiction it did really make me wonder about the question the book poses – how much really has changed in the last 50 years? And for me from that, from what has changed has it really been for the better in all cases?
Four stars from me – highly recommended and one that had me thinking!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jackie Carreira is a writer, musician, designer, co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company, and award-winning playwright. She mostly grew up and went to school in Hackney, East London, but spent part of her early childhood with grandparents in Lisbon’s Old Quarter. Her colourful early life has greatly influenced this novel. Jackie now lives in leafy Suffolk with her actor husband, AJ Deane, two cats and too many books.
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