Staff Review: This Flawless Place Between
This Flawless Place Between
I always look forward to reading the synopsis of our historical nonfiction and biographies in the advance release information each month but This Flawless Place Between jumped out because it’s a novel, but moreover a mesmerising and uplifting story about death and dying.
Interweaving themes from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Portier takes us to Tibet and the scene of a motorcycle accident. Anne’s life is over, but with the help of a stranger her spirit begins a cathartic voyage that carries her back through the traumas and ecstasies of her life. As she revisits her past, and the futures of those she will leave behind, Anne begins to accept not only her death but also her life – and that what happens next will be up to her.
I’ve never read anything for pleasure, to which the introduction was so important and intriguing. Don’t skip it! The Tibetan monk chanting Anne through each stage of the pathway she chooses acts as the conduit between the aching present and the ethereal realm that affords Anne the time and perspective to make her choices.
I’ve suggested This Flawless Place Between to several friends running bookclubs because this book will take each reader on their own dry-run journey towards whatever afterlife or reconciliation awaits us all. The ensuing themes are boundless and raw.
I can’t stop thinking about it.
Find the book here, and buy at your local bookshop.
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