Poignant, Sensitive And Beautiful
The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland is a powerful contemporary novel about living with a heart transplant. It is beautifully and poignantly written. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with Ailsa Rae and her new heart as the novel is written from her point of view.
The novel is cleverly constructed with a narrative peppered with emails and blog posts. We really learn what makes Ailsa Rae tick. We hear her hopes and dreams, her fears and failures. We see what life is like when you do not know if you will have a tomorrow.
Tentative steps are taken following the transplant as Ailsa Rae begins to live with tomorrow ahead for the first time. The reader cheers her successes and ‘walks’ the road beside her.
Death is a part of life. Not all those who are waiting will get transplants. When death hits, it hits hard with far reaching arms as we are consumed with grief when we least expect it.Continue reading