About The Rules of Seeing
Winner of the Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2019
When you make eye contact, when you hold someone's gaze, it’s the closest thing to knowing you're not alone in the world.
After 32 years of living her life in the dark, Jillian Safinova – Nova to everyone, except her mother – is learning to see.
She can see that the sky is blue. And green. And grey. And a whole spectrum of colours, as changeable as her mood.
She can see that clouds are surprisingly solid.
And she can see that Kate, a woman she’s only just met, is going to change her lifeforever.
My review of The Rules of Seeing.
I'll just start by saying that I have so much love for this book. It's a wonderful gripping, quirky and emotional read. This book really does have it all.
I was drawn to this novel because of the subject matter. A young woman who has been blind from birth is given the opportunity to see with a pioneering operation. This premise opens up a beautiful discussion and analysis on what it is to see. How do we see? Do we only see with our eyes? What unfolds is a story that helps define the way in which we see, and for Nova this is a life changing event.
I loved Nova from the moment I met her. Northern; independent, funny and educated, she captivated me by the way in which she envisaged and navigated the world. Would things be easier once she could see? The story she tells is unique and really does make you question how we see. For me this was thought provoking, having been brought up by family members who have visual impairment and sight loss.
As well as being an insightful and illuminating read on sight loss and regaining sight, this story is also one about the friendship between women and a simmering tale of deception and fear and control.
The Rules of Seeing is a truly delightful story. I honestly couldn't put it down once I had read the first chapter. A beautiful book.
With thanks to NetGalley who provided the electronic copy.
The paperback version published on 2nd May by Harper Collins.