Reblogging a post about a wonderful book:
I approached this novel with a big curiosity about how Christoph Fischer made the transition from historical novels to contemporary fiction and I ended up enjoying it.
On a journey of self discovery and redemption,readers will join the Korhonens family in their life’s labyrinth.There is the Alzheimer drama of Biddy Korhonen, who suffers and her husband Walter who isn’t ready to let her go in a home.
Hanna their daughter is coming back home,taking some time off from her work as an air hostess after she suffered a trauma of not being able to save someone’s life.She has to battle with her father’s routine,both of them doing their best for Biddy.The sad story reflecting on the pain of not to be recognized by the person who loved you once,it affects both of them, Walter and Hanna, even if they have different viewpoints on this matter.
As secondary characters there are…
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We join the Korhonen family when Hanna, who is an air hostess on long haul duty suffers a trauma at work and decides to take time out and stay with her parents. This begins a battle with her father Walter over the best way to handle Biddy. They both love her immensely and want the best for her but both have different viewpoints.
I always pictured Hanna a little like Cate Blanchett. Stewardess Hanna is a less predictable woman who believes more in spontaneity and who struggles when she has to battle with her father’s many restrictions.
She also has to put her life into perspective, trying to deal with her personal problem in her working life.
How a reader saw Hanna:
“Instead of correcting her mistakes, Hanna just goes with it. She doesn’t dwell on reminding her mother the things she has forgotten. The two go shopping and out to the coffee shop as if they were good friends. Hanna doesn’t feel the need to reinforce who she is to her mother, who has forgotten that she has a daughter. It’s a beautiful way of dealing with things, in my opinion. To me, this makes Hanna strong and secure enough in herself to allow her mother to just be happy, despite her declining health.”
“Hanna comes complete with her own set of problems and regrets, making her a very relatable character. Hanna, the only child to retain any emotion attachment, has succeeded in escaping her father’s overbearing attitude with a busy career with the airlines. “
To me Hanna has been an interesting character to write and explore. She chooses an unsteady life away from her family yet she is more grounded in her life than most other characters and possibly more in need of her family than she cares to admit to herself.
I used to work for an airline and can relate to Hanna’s lifestyle predicament. Her character owes much to some of my wonderful ex-colleagues with their flamboyancy and zest for life. She unhinges the balance and restores it at the same time.
Time To Let Go:
Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.
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