Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Status: Our Endless Numbered Days

Sunday Status is a weekly (ish) post where I let you know what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about it as I go along.

Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Tin House Books, 2015
Source: Purchased

"'How will we get home, Papa, without a tent?' I said to his back.  He turned around looked at me, confused for a second, but then understanding.
'We are home, Punzel,' he said (144)."

I'm still working on this one from last week.  It's a slow read.  It's going back and forth between the present time and what she's remembering from her past.  Each time we're in the present something new is revealed--something terrifying.  This isn't a scary book (at least not yet) but even from the description you know that something not good happened.  As I read, it becomes more and more apparent that it's probably going to be worse than I had thought.  I need to know what happened to Peggy, but I also don't want to know.

So here's the description from Goodreads:
Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.

When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

After Peggy's return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

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