My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Other Side of You
Salley Vickers is an author who seldom fails to deliver. The Other Side of You is a lovely, lyrical book. As with most of Vicker’s books, it is neither quick nor easy to read but oh, so satisfying. Vickers crafts the story eloquently. I was moved to tears by the way she captures the honesty and love of the main characters. I imagine that writing about a psychiatrist is not easy, especially one as conflicted as David McBride. His relationship with Elizabeth Cruikshank and the other clients in the hospital, help him explore how love and art can penetrate the complexities of the human psyche.
Michael Dirda of the Washington Post says, “Vickers is a novelist in the great English tradition of moral seriousness. Her characters suffer, they struggle to be true to both themselves and the promptings of the human heart.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this articulate, well written book. I recommend it to anyone who is stuck reading Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, which need some relief – an intermission – between books.