Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

by Clare Morrall
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Astonishing Splashes of Colour 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
Not much of a novel, not much of a memoir. Too much discussion of a rare mental illness.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Kitty, who, three years after losing a child before he is born and faced with the reality that she can never carry another child, is slowly losing her grip on sanity. She waits daily outside an elementary school pretending to be a mother who is picking up her young son. On and off she shops for diapers and baby's clothing, storing them secretly in the back of her closet. She sees her sense of worth and purpose only in terms of whether or not she is a mother. Meanwhile, she is filled with confusion about her own mother, who she has grown up believing died when she was only three. Her father and brothers will not talk about her. Even though her brothers are all older than her, their memories of her are sketchy at best. A startling discovery, however, at an after-funeral family gathering for her grandparents, reveals some astonishing secrets that serve to push Kitty over the edge. Yet while she ends up crossing a line and doing some unforgivable things, the author has painstakingly brought the reader to know and care about Kitty much too much to abandon her. This was a sad, quirky, wonderful story that doesn't sugar coat what she has done, while still offering hope in the end. I will look for more from this author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful novel has gotten far too little attention stateside. Kitty Maitland has lost her baby and the capabillity of having another. Plunged into despair, she begins to question her life, her future, her very identity. Clare Morrall does a fine job of portraying Kitty's mind and emotions, which take form as colors in her perception. (Kitty often refers to 'the yellow period,' for example, and becomes absorbed in the swirling colors of her own skirt.) In the midst of her struggles, she begins to question her own memories. Why isn't she in any family photos? What happened to the older sister who suddenly disappeared? Why wasn't a funeral held for her mother, and why is nothing of her mother's left in the family house? Longing for a child of her own, Kitty becomes obsessed with other peoples' children, often imagining them to be her own dead Henry. A sad but lovely book that is somehow still shot through with hope and love.