I’ve just finished reading Albi and I feel all emotional!
Albi tells the story of a small village in the north of Spain during the civil war. It is seen through the eyes of Albi, a little boy growing up in troubled times, and also through the memories of Alberto, Albi’s 88-year-old future self. It is, at times, a harrowing tale told in beautiful detail by Hilary Shepherd. Her wonderful writing ensures you will feel as though you knew Albi yourself, and I defy you not to feel emotional as you ride the rollercoaster of his younger years.
I have not been paid for this review and it is totally impartial. I was, however, provided with a free copy of the book to read.
In Hilary’s own words, “ordinary people are the essence of my story – the ones who don’t usually get heard.” Well, the ordinary people certainly have a voice here. You can read more about Hilary and her motives and process for writing the book at BooksByWomen.com.
The story is set in a fictional Aragon village but readers with a keen eye might spot the ruined church of Belchite on the cover!