Wish You Were Hereby Graham Swift
When Jack learns his soldier brother has been killed in Iraq, it means a crucialpotentially catastrophicjourney for him and his wife Ellie. It is a journey into his own most secret, troubling memories and into his and Ellie's past.
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I must admit I struggled with this book. Though I consider Graham Swift to be one of the finest writers to emerge in the last 30 years this book took an effort to complete. Though the writer maintains his fluid and intimate prose style he fills the book with constant asides and observations that leads the reader on a serpentine route to the moment he captures so well and completely. Like Vermeer Swift can capture a seemingly mundane moment and turn it into and existential exercise with much wider and deeper tones than the reader expects but his constant use of commas and dose make the reading somewhat of a chore. The story of a man burying his war hero brother as his marriage faces begins to collapse is an epic concept with current relevance but I would admire this book more if the hand of the editor had been mmore heavily felt. I gave it 3 stars because the quality of the writing is evident and it is a the journey is compelling and nuanced but I don't believe that history will remember this book as one of Swifts best and it will remain more a book of excellent craft more than a book of that readers connect with.