They say those we love never truly leave us, and I’ve found
that to be true. But not in the way you might expect. In fact,
none of this is what you’d expect.
I’ve been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.
And I’m talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.
Right now, you probably think I’m going mad. Let me explain…
Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a
child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother
herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events,
she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970s. Faced
with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions – but
away from her own family – how much is she willing to give up for
another moment with her mother?
For fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife comes an original and
heartwarming story about bittersweet memories, how the past shapes
the future, and a love so strong it makes you do things that are slightly bonkers.
In Spacehopper Helen Fisher shows her extraordinary gift for touching your heart by making you connect with all the tiny things that form our memories and help us unbderstand both who we were and who we’ve become. She is that rare writer who makes us laugh whilst reminding us of the joy, the sadness and the difficulties involved in being alive. Reviewing this book today on the eve of my 50th birthday I am both glad of the nostalgia and happy for the oppotyunity to share such an original, moving and beautifully written stories about grief, loss and coming home – whether that’s literally or metaphorically…
Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #Spacehopper today. It’s wonderful to be curled up with a great book after a windy walk. The wood burning stove is lit and the candles are lit. I love being able to shout loudly about great reads whilst we are all at home, and loved featuring Helen Fisher’s novel in my 17 Degrees Column, which i’m looking forward to seeing in print, once the lockdwn restrictions are over…
I’m enjoying the serendipity of reviewing #Spacehopper on my birthday as it was definitely one of the gifts that I desperately coveted for my birthday in the 70s. Thank you so much to Anne Cater & Random Things Tours for inviting me on the tour, it has been a great way to celebrate my birthday in such good company and it’d make a great gift for any other aquarian in your life…
I absolutely loved this book. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely draw you into its world and draw you right into Faye’s extraordinary journey, suspending your disbelief as you join in with her on her journey back into her childhood as she tries to navigate all the curveballs that it throws her.
Faye was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When I was reading about her arrival back in her former life and watching her trying to navigate the obstacles that this naturally throws up as she tries to exist in her own past, it was deceptively easy to connect with her experiences and imagine yourself in her shoes– I’m sure lots of you will have had that feeling when you think you’re a lot more grown-up than you actually are and end up in situations that you could never have anticipated. Watching Faye can be as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming and I defy even the most stony of hearts not to be incredibky moved at several points during Faye’s journey.
Faye’s determination to turn this most challenging situations on its head and try to work trough it and all the difficulties that unfold is one of the best things about this book. You will have had lots of these moments yourself where you’ve wished you could go back and try and change the ending and there are so many ways that you uterly connect with Faye’s yearning which is absolutely beautifully written. If you area mother, there will be so many moments in this book where you can imagine yourself in Faye’s shoes, looking back at her life through the wrong end of the telescope and seeing her childhod through the eyes of her grown up self, a mother and someone who would love the chance for things to have turned out so very differently.
Since this is the period that I grew up in myself, I really loved the nostalgia I found in its pages. There were loads of moments in Faye’s journey backwards into her former life that I really connected with – her box of memories is very similar to something that I’m still lugging through life although I’m sad to say that mine doesn’t quite have the same level of transformational qualities as Faye’s does.
Helen Fisher wrote this book from the heart, and it shows. It presents a picture of a journey backwards to find yourself through discovering all that you’d lost and captures a moment in time perfectly as well. I would absolutely love to see this on our screens in the future. When you read the ‘roll of honour’ below, you’ll see that there are so many fans of her writing that are far more eminent than myself – so you don’t just have to take MY word for it… If this review hasn’t made you want to take the leap amd follow the hashtag & #JumpWithMe you should definitely consider taking the leap amd buying yourself a copy.
It’s one of the most poignant, moving and thought provoking books I’ve read so far this year, and will make you appreciate those close to you in heart even though they might not be close to you in person at the moment.
Writer On The Shelf
Helen Fisher spent her early life in America, but grew up mainly in Suffolk where she now lives with her two children. She studied Psychology at Westminster University and Ergonomics at UCL and worked as a senior evaluator in research at RNIB. Space Hopper is her first novel.