The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

This was a very uniquely written story about a woman named Masha who lost her only child twelve years ago in a drowning accident.  Masha also lost herself in her despair and grief.  The story takes place somewhere in the UK and the supporting characters are a hoot and bring a nice balance.  Masha takes her wolfhound for walks everyday in old Victorian cemeteries and creates in her mind, stories about the people, both living and dead. One of them, (the living) is a delightfully funny and wise older lady that Masha nicknames “Sally Red Shoes”.

A second storyline is about Alice, a single mom who is dying from cancer and is living a secret laden reclusive life with her teenaged son.

The story is beautifully and thought provoking and I enjoyed the writing immensely.

My review for booklist magazine: Sally Red Shoes


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