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The Way From Here: 05/30/22
The Way From Here by Jane Cockram is an Australian novel set primarily in England and France. While the blurb mentions three generations of women, the book's focus is primarily on a pair of sisters: Suse and Mills.
Mills has set out on a journey as instructed by her recently departed sister's letters in an adult version of 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (2005). She is also recapitulating the journey Suse took many years earlier after the death of Grandma Nelle.
Mostly though it's a journey of discovery and a reconciliation across generations. Mills learns about Suse. Through Suse she learns about their mother and their grandmother and sacrifices both the women in Mill's life have had to make.
It's one of those novels where I ended up keeping my iPad nearby to make a chart of all the information that's revealed and refined as the story progresses. It's also one of the best recent examples of decoupage as narrative I've seen in a novel as information is built across timelines and generations in a seamless and satisfying fashion.