Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices - Jenny Eclair

Well, this took me completely by surprise. Mum sent this one over with Dad for me and I was expecting complete and utter fluff, but what I actually got was layers of depth and aching, human tragedy all mixed up in an outer shell of bleak humour that had me laughing one minute and crying the next. The writing seemed dry and uninspiring initially, but it's brilliantly deceptive as the mundane is slowly uncovered to be the extraordinary. A fantastic read. I defy anyone to make it to the last page without shedding a tear.

 

This is the perfect example of why reading something completely out of your comfort zone can be a revelation.