This is a novel unlike any other I have read in a very long time. Space Hopper by Helen Fisher published this month by Simon & Schuster is a heart warming novel that explores the human condition, the fragility of life, the importance of memory and the role faith, in all it’s forms, plays in our lives.
Space Hopper is a story all about the experiences in life which touch us all and it is a story wrapped in authenticity and love.
Let me introduce you to Faye. Faye is happily married, has two beautiful children, a fulfilling job and close friends. Life is good, more than good. But there is a hole in Faye’s life, worn and familiar but a hole none the less.
The death of her mother when Faye was just a girl still quietly haunts her. Her memories of her mother Jeanie are muted but precious and the loss has shaped her life and her outlook. So when a chance discovery and inexplicable circumstances mean that somehow Faye finds herself back in the past, her life is turned upside down.
Suddenly Faye has the unfathomable, amazing chance to spend time with her mother; to get to know the woman she really was and to try and find out the truth of what really happened all those years ago.
But time-travelling has it’s risks and Faye finds herself torn between the family she has created in the present and the desperate need for a mother’s love. Each journey back in time could spell disaster but each minute spent in the present only increases the longing she feels.
This is a story about grief, about moving forwards and about the pain we suffer to achieve this. It is also about faith and all the ways it touches our lives. The story and the events within it embrace the leaps of faith we take each day. Eddie, Faye’s husband is training to enter the clergy, her blind colleague Louis is continually putting his faith in the world around him just to survive, Faye herself has put her faith in the memories she has held all these years.
Faith is the glue that holds us together and faith is the engine driving this tale forward. With faith anything is possible.
This book will have you on the edge of your seat. It will play with your emotions, and raise all kinds of questions; questions you will inevitably ask of yourself. This is a book that makes you think; about the past, the present and the future, and the role we all play in shaping them.
And if like me, you are a child of the 70’s, this book will indulge and raise your sense of nostalgia for the past to mammoth proportions. Simply beautiful.