The Night Rainbow – Claire King

The Night Rainbow

Published
14/02/2013

Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN
9781408824672

My Rating – 4 stars

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Claire King’s debut novel is an absolute delight with a narrator who will grab your heartstrings and never let go. Set in Southern France, during a blistering hot summer, this is the story of five year old Pea aka Peony aka Pivoine and her younger sister Margot. Their mother has retreated into herself following a miscarriage and the later death of their Papa. Maman is heavily pregnant again but Pea and Margot are left to their own devices, wandering the countryside where they meet up with Claude, a middle aged man with whom they strike up a friendship. Not everyone approves of their friendship but Maman’s absence, both physical and emotional, means that the girls have to fend for themselves.

Narrated by Pea, this is a beautifully written story with equal amounts of joy and sadness. Pea and Margot’s interactions will make you smile as they strive to make a plan to cheer up Maman but the smiles quickly vanish when their efforts fall flat. Yes, there is sadness here but the overall mood is one of optimism as Pea just bounces back and looks for another remedy for her mother’s despair.

The author has captured Pea’s five year old voice perfectly, that eternal optimism, the desire to live in the moment, the clarity of vision which can see when grown-ups are just overthinking and making things more complicated than what they really are. One could learn a lot from a child like Pea. This is a sparkling, quirky, captivating debut, highly recommended.

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6 Comments

  1. I love the cover and it seems like an unusual book that I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation :)

  2. admin says:

    It’s a beauty, Sam hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  4. FleurFisher says:

    I’m so glad you liked this – I’ve had high hopes for it after reading a few posts on the author’s blog.

  5. Ellie says:

    I’ve heard lots of positive murmurings about this book but only just realised it’s a child narrator. Whilst it sounds like it’s effective here, it seems to becoming increasingly common and I think I@ve got to my limit. Except for where it’s actually a book aimed at children.

  6. admin says:

    Could you not squeeze another one in, Ellie? She’s only a little thing! ;-)

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