Title: Bellevue Square
Author: Michael Redhill
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
To me, reading this book felt like falling endlessly down one rabbit hole after another. It was like suffering from someone else’s mental illness. It was a wild ride, and I just couldn’t stop reading until I had finished the book. I really recommend this one. It’s mysterious and intriguing…well actually kind of a mind-fuck.
I can see why this book won the Scotiabank Giller Prize last year. It certainly gave me something to think about when it comes to how I think of certain people I see wandering around Toronto.
Set mostly in and around Kensington Market in Toronto, Bellevue Square is a story about Jean. Jean has two boys aged 10 and 12, and she owns a bookstore called Bookstore (or does she?). One of her regular customers comes in one day and tells her she has a doppelganger…and away we go from there for a wild ride!
I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give away too much. About halfway through the book, I was very tempted to go online and look up other people’s reviews just to try and figure out what the heck was going in this book. But in the end I was glad I didn’t do that.
That confusion is all part of it. Just hang on to your hat and go along for the ride.