Favel Parrett’s exquisitely rendered third novel is a beautiful, heart-wrenching encapsulation of the European immigrant story that portrays the plight of familial separation; the guilt and forlornness of those who have departed, the struggle of those left behind, and the love, however distant, that forever binds them.
If that description sounds overly sentimental, rest assured: There Was Still Love possesses the same hypnagogic subtly as its predecessors, and Parrett’s lyrical economy, coupled with her story’s understated poignancy, eviscerates any threat of sappiness. Her latest reads like a dream, and through the eyes of its young narrators, and a narrative that shifts in time and location, we are presented with an unforgettable tale about dislocation and distance.
Engaging and carefully constructed, upon finishing (which you will, quickly), readers might be tempted to start again, not wanting to let it go, and to truly savour Parrett’s prose. There Was Still Love is a true reading highlight of the year.
Number Of Pages: 224
Available: 24th September 2019