Wednesday 15 May 2019

Book Review: Farzaneh and the Moon by Matt Wilven

Title: Farzaneh and the Moon
Author: Matt Wilven
Legend Press

Publication Date: 15 May 2019
eBook - EPUB
Literary Fiction
ARC from Publisher


When N meets a charismatic outsider called Farzaneh, he realises that something has been missing in his life. They fall for each other and begin an intense and passionate relationship. However, Farzaneh starts to isolate herself, becoming obsessed and embroiled in her mysterious connection with the moon.

N is forced to reappraise everything he knows, searching for meaning and identity while he violently collides with the limits of intimacy and love.

Farzaneh and the Moon is certainly different. I wasn't sure what to expect as I turned the first page, and that was probably good, as it is a story that really does its own thing! I enjoyed the prose and the characters; although, I struggled at times to understand why N stayed with Farzaneh. Had it been me, I would have given up on her by the mid-point in the story. This is a lyrical, thought-provoking piece of writing, but one which leaves it up to the reader to decide exactly what has happened and how much was real. As such, it won't appeal to readers who dislike open endings. But if you enjoy books that test your perception and thinking, and if you like tales that blend reality with something magical, this is a book you will appreciate.

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