Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year

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Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year

Expectation: The most razor-sharp and heartbreaking novel of the year

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Dabei fällt das Lesen nicht immer leicht, es ist mitunter sehr schmerzhaft und auch zuweilen fast unangenehm, Hannah, Cate und Lissa auf ihren sich immer wieder kreuzenden Wegen zu begleiten. Left me with thoughts about my youth and now my ‘old’ stage of life, so many changes but still passion for what matters to me. But this is the modern feminist fallacy-given the choice, the opportunity, why do we always feel like we are failing? There weren't any moments of happiness or hope to balance out the hopeless and grey in this novel, which for me was difficult to get through. A beautiful novel, not as ambitious as Hope’s previous historical fiction, but possessed of an exceptional veracity.

There is, of course, more - but to reveal more would spoil the story for those who have yet to read the book. Cate involves herself in the anti-capitalism movement, leaving her lover in the States when her visa runs out while Lissa becomes an actor with all the insecurity that entails. There's even a bit where Lissa brings up her abortion and dutifully bursts into tears, because heaven forbid that a woman terminate her pregnancy and not regret it later. Cate also needed to grow a fucking backbone, but what annoyed me the most was how her husband treated her.This could have been great, but its characters end up moving within such narrow bonds, all wanting the same things. It seems to me that the author left no room in the narrative for a woman to be okay with being childless. Cate, the only one of the three who is a mother is drowning in her new role-expected by everyone to be doing better at it than she is, she is absolutely struggling with her son.

Also, I knew from the very first page that Lissa was going to sleep with Nathan, who is Hannah’s husband/boyfriend, I don’t know, so that was so predictable. through competitiveness, envy, jealousy, transgression, guilt, genuine emotional intimacy, and love. Also this book felt more like following the three girls through their daily lives rather than an exploration of what it means to lead a meaningful life or the way time distorts how you view what you want from your own life. It is a beautifully resonant novel that grips your heart,I think it will take many re-readings to entirely grasp the enormity of what Anna Hope is saying whilst feeling that the women , with their individual paths, will echo with the female reader more acutely at different stages of their lives.BEST BOOKS FOR JULY: Expectation has defied all my expectations and completely redefined the friendship novel. Nathan, the cad, ends up having an affair with Hannah's friend Lissa - more on whom in a moment - and it looks as though Hannah will have to find fulfilment on her own, without a baby and without a husband. This is the best fiction story I have read in a long time that tackles the difficulties women face when trying to embrace career, family life and friendships. Hannah, after a miscarriage and numerous failed IVF attempts, is anguished, guilt-ridden and angry, with herself, with her distant husband, with the universe which so readily grants others’ wishes but will not grant hers.

A quick check of Hope’s acknowledgements touchingly reveals that her mother, like Sarah, was a Greenham Common veteran. This story of three best friends and their struggles to find lasting relationships and purpose spans several decades but focuses on 2010, when Cate, Hannah and Lissa are 35. Es geht nämlich genau darum: Um die Erwartungen, die wir selbst, unsere Partner*innen, unsere Freund*innen, unsere Mitmenschen, die Gesellschaft an uns stellen. According to this book, there really is nothing worse than being childless, and it's Lissa who deserves our pity in the end. She finally has to admit failing professionally as an actress and then spirals into self-loathing as she decides to feel like she is selling herself while making ends meet working as a life model.The book starts off on the slow side and then gradually gets more and more interesting as it progresses. Her feet are in thin sandals and she carries a canvas bag on her shoulder - inside it: good tomatoes, bread, Rioja, a goat’s cheese covered in ash.



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