But in Magic Hour, the impossible happens. The book opens with Julia, a famous psychiatrist who is disgraced. She’s accused of the “unforgivable” crime of not predicting that her client would walk into a youth group and start shooting. So when her sister Ellie gives her a way out, she (reluctantly) flies back home to take care of Girl. Of course, she soon falls in love with Girl and develops a bond with her, naming her Alice.
What I love about this book was how the bond between Alice and Julia develops. Julia was quite hurt by the media circus, and it took a lot for her to brave the media and take care of Alice.
Plus, the book has the added advantage of giving Alice’s point of view. It’s not very realistic, but to have it realistic would be to write like James Joyce. But what there is, is a very good look into the psyche of a very hurt little girl, who has been taught that many normal human behaviours are bad. It made me want to cuddle her (as much as you can cuddle a character in a book).
This isn’t a very fast-moving book. But it’s very touching, and absorbing. It drew me in, and I finished it in a few sittings (unfortunately, I had to go to school).
a Singaporean Gal saying "Hi" from Japan!