For the women of Weeping Women Springs, mourning has become a way of life. The author, Tamara Eaton, lets you into their world which she fills with details of a seemingly normal existence.
Perhaps the books strongest point is Ms Eaton’s ability to bring its setting to life. She describes it until we can see the world the women inhabit and place them perfectly within it. A tiny rural town in the 1940s and 1950s is vivid in the reader’s mind.
It’s a fascinating tale, reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’: the springs are a device for an exploration of human emotion, the nature of grief and the impact on war on those that are left behind. Within this microcosm, we meet women such as Ruth, who has a yearning for the outside world, Anna, whose grief is unspoken and perhaps the hardest to bear. We watch the women do what’s necessary to create lives for themselves while retaining a place for their lost boys and men in their hearts.
At times, the women’s voices lost their distinctiveness and it was difficult to discern their personalities but overall Weeping Women Springs is a highly recommendable read.
Author: Tamara Eaton
Available: Weeping Women Springs