Australian Author · Contemporary/Literary · Fantasy · Read-Reviewed-2019

A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird. (2019).

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A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird. (2019).

**4.5 out of 5 stars**

Willa is 8 in 1965 when she receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and instructions: “one ocean: plant in the backyard”. When she does, she creates a time slip to meet her future selves…
Willa is 33 in 1990 and a mother-of-two when her childhood self appears in her backyard. She’s haunted by her dark past and on the brink of tragic decision…
Willa is 93 in 2050 and losing her memory. Yet she knows there’s something she needs to remember, a warning to her past selves, if only she could recall…
Can the three Willas come together to heal their past and save their future before it’s too late?

This book is both unusual and beautiful. Combining domestic drama with a fantasy element, I was captivated by the three Willas. It was a bit of a slow start for me in that it took me a little bit of time to get used to the narration style used (the story swaps between the different Willas’ point of views both in their own timelines and when they visit each other). I would strongly recommend that you shut yourself away in a quiet place so you can fully appreciate what’s going on in this story; I enjoyed it a lot more the times I was alone compared to the times other people were around me. There are some dark features to the story but they are crucial to the storyline and the feel of the story ends positively. I loved the inclusion of the jam drops recipe at the end and look forward to giving them a try (you’ll have to read the book to find out why the jam drops are important!). I think this novel is an amazing debut for the author, and I look forward to seeing what’s next.

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