Book Review

Review – Coming Up For Air by Sarah Leipciger



On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Canada where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live. 

Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life.

My Review:

I am trying to find words to describe this novel which I have loved so much. Is it a historical fiction? Yes but it is much more than that.

A timeless novel takes us from Paris in the late 19th century, to Norway in the 50s and then finally Canada at present time. The three characters in each timeline are completely different but also closely connected through this invisible force of the mystery of water. I won’t say any more than that as I want you to experience this story by knowing as little as possible before reading it.

To me this story is simply stunning. What captivated me most is the sheer beauty of Sarah’s writing. It is eerie and haunting but also so very emotive and moving. The subtle reference to the magnificent landscapes has provided such an enchanting atmosphere for countless quiet reflection throughout this novel.

I am utterly captivated by this story and love it so very much. Do I recommend it? Yes highly!

Coming Up For Air is out tomorrow on 19 March. We will do whatever we can to help support all these authors whose events are being cancelled recently. Spread the words and enjoy the book!

Thank you so much DoubleDay Books for this amazing copy for me to review.

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