Little Island by Katharine Britton

 

Little Island caught my attention when I happened to be in the mood for a contemporary fiction, family-drama type of novel, and it had the added bonus of being set in Maine. It didn’t disappoint.

Joy, her mother Grace, her father Gar, and her twin siblings Roger and Tamar have been working through a tragedy from their past, one that has affected each of them in a different way. When they come together to hold a memorial service for Grace’s mother, tensions come to a head. Each family member is forced to deal with one another, as well as look within to find peace.

The dialogue was realistic, the characters complex. Britton spent plenty of time fleshing them out. Details about what happened in the past are revealed slowly, in pieces, giving the reader a chance to get to know the characters before judgment could cloud an opportunity to connect with them.

Gar seemed to get the short end of the stick as far as character development goes, but ultimately this is a book about mothers and their children, how motherhood affects identity, and the grief that comes with losing your mom. It’s wonderfully executed, complete with all the complexities that come with those relationships and the ways they change with age.

There wasn’t a single moment of this novel that failed to keep my attention. Little Island a feel-good women’s fiction type of story that kept me up into the wee hours of the night to finish it. Enjoyed this one.