Melted Into Air by Sandi Toksvig
First published 2006
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Now, I have lots of time for Sandi Toksvig. She’s brilliant. I love her sense of humour and I really enjoy her characters. They have a lot of heart and that really comes across in her writing.
That said, I struggled a bit with ‘Melted Into Air’. I really wanted to like it and I did, but only once I realised that the best way to read it was in one go.
The story opens with Frances Angel, a theatre producer with a dark history who needs to return to her childhood home in Italy in order to come to terms with a lie she told with her two friends when they were little. When the action moves to Italy, there are a large number of characters, all rather eccentric and mostly loveable, who populate the scenery, and it takes a bit of following.
The complexity of the story makes me want to read it again. I think I would get a lot more out of ‘Melted Into Air’ from a second reading. However, on this first occasion, I found every time I put the book down, I struggled to remember which character was which, and what had just happened.
I would recommend this book, but I think I’d add that it’s best not to put it down. Although, all things being equal, I now want to retire to Italy.