These Two Hands by Renée (Mākaro Press, 2017) 416 pp., $38
How perfectly form and content marry in this warm, sturdy, enveloping and deeply personal memoir by Renée. Choosing a quilt as her structural guide, Renée tells the story of her life in 88 ‘patches’, one for every year lived.
Freed from the chronological plod of a straightforward journey, she jumps through time and from place to place at will, and a pattern emerges as characters, themes and experiences recur like repeated colours. This feels both confident and gracious, allowing the reader to pick out threads to follow without any overt authorial insistence on what is most important. The stories unfold one by one, both real and fictional, to create the larger whole – the life of a writer, mother, sister, daughter, gardener, lover, friend. [Read more…]