13th July 2017 - Magda Gudmundsdottir
Magda, from our Birmingham shop, tells us why this story of family, growing up and loss is one not to miss.
Meet the Telemachus Family, an eccentric stage act family of psychics. After being humiliated and discredited on television in the 1970s life becomes a challenge and nothing is ever the same again. However, this story begins in the 1990s; the family is still struggling after the death of mother Maureen, and various financial crises loom over them, when fourteen-year-old Matty discovers he may have magic of his own.
The strength of this book is in its characters. Each one feels carefully sculpted with details and characteristics that bring them to life and make them relatable. To name just a couple of my favourites, there is Frankie, who is always looking for his next money-making scheme. Then there is Irene, who has stepped into her mother's shoes and takes care of the family, but sometimes wishes someone would take care of her, and, of course, charming and stylish Teddy, who hasn't given up on love and likes a woman who knows how to accessorize.
The magical elements of this book are wonderful and unique but ultimately this is a story about family, growing up and loss. The writing is effortlessly original and at times painfully insightful. Whatever you do, don't miss Spoonbenders.