The Woman and The Little Girl
By Jacob Modak
Before I get on with the review I just wanted to say how we came across this novel and of Jacob Modak. Jacob contacted us via our Instagram Page asking if we could read and review 2x of his novels. This is the first time that we have been asked by a writer to review their published work so we are really excited and honoured to do so.
Jacob is an up and coming young writer based in London, he always had a passion for writing and this excelled when he studied at Plymouth University. He has not only launched a motivational magazine but has written and published 6 books.
Set on a farmhouse outside a city’s limits, an expanse of nature surrounds. Jacob Modak’s beautiful fable is the story of a man, a woman, and a little girl. Here for all, in gorgeous crafted story, is a unique and special timeless vision of what beauty, gratitude, honour, family, love, and happiness’s ultimate truth is. And also what it means to brave life’s inevitable grief, so as to never let oneself give in to a world that can at times cast a seemingly ever dark and inescapable shadow over us all.
A short story of only 117 pages this novella is based around one afternoon about a man, his daughter Madeline and his very good friend Lily.
Although the book wasn’t split into chapters for me the novel was split into three parts. The first part is about the man, his surroundings where he works, lives and cherishes his little baby daughter, the detail and description of every move the man made, every smell, every sight was so elaborately descriptive I felt like I was there myself. The second part was his discussion with Lily, how he met his late wife, the fact he misses her, yet has these feelings towards Lily, I enjoyed the back story of how him and his wife met; it felt like a happy memory tinged with sadness that she is now gone. The third part of the novel was the man talking about The Battle of Red Sky and his time in the army where a lot of his friends and comrades died. The third part of the novel wasn’t my favourite I much preferred the descriptive language at the beginning of the novel, I didn’t feel like it fit into the rest of the story as much.
Ultimately this book was about a man who sadly lost his wife due to an accident and was bringing up his baby daughter with his wife’s best friend Lily. Lily had also lost her husband so both the main characters were consumed by an unbearable grief. Lily and the man end up liking each other, at first I felt this was wrong, how could you love your dead wife’s best friend? Against all the bro codes that have ever been written. But then I thought that they had both lost people very close to them and as a four they all knew each other, they could comfort each other with stories about each others loved ones, so I felt that there love wasn’t a passionate “in love” feeling more of a comfort and a happy memory of their lost ones, so they never really had to let go.
Overall I think Jacob brings up some very important and interesting issues about grief and bereavement in his novel, which reminded me of the book I read recently Umami by Laia Jufresa, this subject can be a difficult one to write about but Jacob does it with a quiet beauty and vivid emotion. The way it was written wasn’t usually the style of fiction I would go for I am glad Jacob gave me the chance to read his novel, as it’s not something I would have picked up myself and I am all about expanding my reading experiences; especially when it comes to new up and coming self published writers.
If you would like to find out more about Jacob follow him on Instagram or go straight to his page on Amazon where you can purchase all of his novels. He is a very lovely guy and more than happy to discuss his works with you.
If you would like Brunching Bookworms to review any of your novels please get in touch and we would be happy to chat to you about it. Thanks for reading. Katie x