Posted by Kelli Joan Bennett
Day 308: I rewarded myself for finishing (for now) Scene 16 by finishing a book I started reading a few months ago, While I was Learning to Become God by Roxana Jones. I wrote about breaking my ban from Amazon to buy it and a few other books back on Day 187. Finding the time to read—like making time to do yoga or eat healthy—seems to get thrown out the window the minute I get busy. I need to work on that.
I originally had a difficult time getting into the device the author uses to tell the story. Parts are written in first person by the woman whose story it is and other parts are being narrated by the woman who the woman whose story it is is telling her story to. Still with me? The back of the book explains it much better:
Based on a true story, author Roxana Jones narrates conversations with her friend Sybil Vaughan, who is on her deathbed, waiting to rest in peace.
So, it took me a bit to get comfortable with that device and with the writing style in general. It’s nice but very clean prose, if that makes sense. But once I hooked into it, I was hooked. Because I’m so self-absorbed I really got into it when a bad marriage cropped up and an impending divorce was on the horizon. I can’t help it, it’s a sisterhood and I’m in the club. From there, the woman’s story started getting into my age demographic as well and then I couldn’t put it down. It took me three months to read the first third and one night to finish the rest.
What I loved the most was Sybil’s constant drive to not only expand her world, her knowledge, her career and her life but also her urge to understand the constant external and internal struggle she faced to get where she wanted to go. I can relate. By the end of the book and the end of the main character’s life I was in tears. To truly let go of everything with peace and confidence that something amazing awaits you—well, now, that would be amazing.
Until tomorrow, create from what you have…the reward of reading.