"Flesh And Blood" by Michael Cunningham

Posted on Mon 30 March 2009 in ClubReading

Flesh and Blood is a large story covering three generations and 100 years.

The book starts in 1935 with Constantine and his early childhood memories. Constantine falls in love with and marries Mary. Constantine is a young strong immigrant. Not comfortable with his english, but strong and determined to have the dream. Mary is pretty and sophisticated in Constantine's eyes.

They have three children Elizabeth, Billy and Zoe. The book continues to follow their lives as people enter and leave.

The book is presented as snapshots of time. Brief images of the characters as they grow and evolve yet very detailed with a strong narrative. Within the first few pages the reader is comfortable with the characters.

Michael Cunningham is also the author of A Home at the End of the World: A Novel and The Hours: A Novel.

Flesh and Blood is a saga of growth, struggle, ambition, love, violence, heartache and loss. A wonderful drama that grips your chest and doesn't let you breath till the end.