Alice is the main character in a Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan. The story is told in the 1st person. She is a mother of three, a wife to Nicholas. Her parents live nearby and her Dad has an illness that has robbed him of his voice, but not his fun with texting.
When Nicholas decides to begin out on his own and hang up his lawyer’s shingle for himself, Alice is worried about the finances and decides to seek a job of her own.
She lands a job at Scroll – a place that wants to be cutting edge in book sharing with the public. It seems after jumping through the hoops Alice is the one they want on board. As time goes by Alice begins to ask herself is this what she really wants? Her hours are long and she is losing touch with her children. Also Nicholas has difficulties of his own.
While Scroll sounds like ‘the place to be’, all I could think of was the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes. It also reminded me of some work places today, it was eerily accurate and captures what is happening in more than one work place. It was worth reading the book for its ironic viewpoint.
When Alice’s father takes a turn for the worse the exploration of sickness and what follows is very real. That’s what I liked about this book, it is so exactly what happens in life. It is also thought provoking and perceptive.
I also liked the small windows of insight that Alice gains and the ultimate choices she makes. Book lovers will enjoy this book, as it is somewhat set in the world of books and Alice’s love of reading and bed time stories are honoured.
This is a debut novel, one very worth reading. I will definitely be reading the next book by this author. I trust there will be one!