My review from GoodReads
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Five disconnected siblings return to their childhood home as their father is dying of cancer.The book is narrated by the middle child, and it was only after I started to write this review that I realised we never actually learn her name.
It’s only a short book, but there’s a lot packed into it. The narrator talks about watching her father dying, but she also tells us about the five siblings and their histories. We learn about how they grew apart, how they relate to each other now, and the different ways they deal with their father dying.
The narrator herself has a difficult story to tell about why she returned to live in her childhood home, and why she has been hiding from the world for so long.
The Language of Dying manages that difficult thing of being moving without being sickly sweet. It’s not an easy read, but Pinborough’s writing is beautiful, and she keeps a sense of humour and a magical element running through it.
I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.