All We Lack – Sandra Moran

All We LackSandra Moran writes interesting books. This is her fourth and while there are some common themes, the novels are all completely different. They have a lesbian element. They explore our place in the world and our perceptions of the world around us. But ultimately all are unexpected, whether from the twist in the tale, the concept, or the point of view.

“All We Lack” is a story of journeys. 4 main characters and a series of bit players are taking bus trips to Boston via New York. Each person is on an expedition to find something they are lacking – in themselves and in the world they inhabit.

Maggie seeks a wholeness she both yearns for and disdains. She threw away one chance for a life mate and is determined to try and create a second chance, despite her ongoing fear of living a ‘real’ life.

Bug needs a home, security, care and compassion. A little boy nobody wants, seeking nothing more that a feeling of belonging, the barest of kindnesses enough to fill him with warmth.

Helen searches for a life with more excitement than the boredom of being married to a controlling man she despises. She gives up everything for the chance of happiness with a gorgeous doctor she met on the Internet.

Jimmy is the archetypal loser. Fat, frumpy, boring and a misfit, he has spent his whole life making bad decisions he can blame on a crummy childhood. He longs to be the man he could have been, but hasn’t yet accepted that the choice is ultimately his.

Each one of Sandra Moran’s characters is a detailed and complex portrait with enough depth and intricacy to fill most other books. In addition we have a whole range of secondary players who both fill out the story and add a layer of interaction that the main characters never quite manage between them

Sandra Moran biogThe writing is, as always, imaginative and immaculate, every word considered and placed. The timeline is complex – a series of flashbacks, overlapping, layered and convoluted. But they flow from the page exactly how our thoughts flash across interconnected life experiences. The concept intrigues, pulls you forward and keeps you glued throughout.

Another winner from Ms Moran, one that will make you think, consider your choices, and ultimately provides the perfect vehicle for people watching without the leaving the comfort of your armchair.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bink Books
    (March 18th, 2015)
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