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Days of Awe: A novel

Days of Awe: A novel - Lauren Fox

A special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

It took a little time to get invested in the book. There were some confusing bits at the beginning when the story switches between past and present.

Meet Izzie, recently separated and mourning not only the death of her marriage, but the death of her best friend Josie who happens to be married to her childhood friend Mark. Izzie is not always likable, in fact, I found her extremely immature at times, and if you are looking for a character you can root for, she may not be your girl. In fact, I actually identified more with Chris' feeling towards Isabel and her dramatics. “There is a peculiar kind of terror you feel when the person you are closest to — for better or worse — begins to formulate the idea of a life without you.”

Fox is a really good writer, and there were many wonderful passages to linger over - she has a gift for capturing emotion. That being said, I did find the the book a bit on the long-ish side and felt that her relationship with her mother and the mother's back story was just extra (it was interesting, but for me just added to the bulk of the book). And if you are waiting for a big finish, the book just kind of fizzles out.