Title: Sunday’s On the Phone To Monday
Author: Christine Reilly
Rating: 3/5 hearts
Release date: April 5th 2016
The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal.
Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins.
Sunday’s On the Phone to Monday tells a story of loss, love and mental issues. The story focuses heavily on the two main characters Claudio and Mathilde more than anything else. We follow our characters and we get to know of their background history, their love life (when they meet) to them raising a family.
I want to start by saying how much I love Reilly’s writing. It took me a while to get used to but it’s very poetic and the story just flows really nicely because of it. One thing I didn’t like was how short some of the chapters were. They felt too abrupt and choppy and it ruined the pacing of the story. I think I would have been more engaged with the story if the ‘filler’ chapters weren’t there at all. They were, in my opinion, completely unnecessary.
Nonetheless, I love the emotional depth of the story. Reilly makes it so easy for the readers to feel what she’s writing (or maybe what her characters are feeling). Furthermore, the themes that were talked in the story weren’t easy to be written. I applaud the author for being able to highlight controversial topics such as mental illness and sexuality while still keeping it light and hearty.
Definitely worth the read. Reilly’s debut is absolutely refreshing. Whatever emotion the story evokes on you, it’ll be sure to linger.
Thank you so much to the author for sending me an e-book in exchange for an honest review!