Welcome to Term Two everyone!
I hope you all had a relaxing holiday – read anything good? I read quite a lot over the hols, mostly because I was laid up with a sore knee and couldn’t go anywhere. I read a great selection of novels – some old, some new, some exciting and some a little weird. I’m going to start the term by reviewing a book that’s a little bit kooky, called ‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ by Cassandra Golds.
Much to her family’s disappointment (they’re vegetable people, and disapprove of her whimsical love of flowers), Persimmon owns and runs a flower shop in a bustling underground train station. While she is very happy to be running a shop and indulging her love of flowers, Persimmon wishes for a friend. All she has is Rose, a talking ornamental cabbage, and letters from her dead clairvoyant Great-Aunt, both encouraging (and sometimes discouraging)Persimmon in her journey to find friendship and true love. Alongside this is the story of Epiphany, a mouse from Platform One who, like Persimmon, has dreams of a better life.
‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ is quite unique and a little left of centre. If you’re able to suspend your disbelief and accept that plants can talk, that animals can be your friend, and that true love exists in the strangest of places, you’ll like this story. Golds gives all her characters a real personality, whether they be a matriarchal mouse in a boudoir, or a cockney fun loving weed that grows through the cracks of the train station wall.
This story won’t be for everyone (some people will find it just a little TOO weird), but I found I really enjoyed its kookiness and the gentleness with which the story is told. In many ways, it’s a little bit like a fairy tale. This is a novel that would be enjoyed by an Senior student, but I would particularly recommend it for Year Sevens and Eights.
Don’t forget to return those holiday loans!
Ms White 🙂