I was introduced to the author Tish Cohen at an Author Event organised by the Harper Collins Publishing House in Toronto. I had not read any of her novels but, after listening to her speak about her most recent story, I was curious and eager to read Little Green.
The novel centres around three characters: Elise, Matt, and Gracie. Elise Sorenson has been striving for the Olympics for as long as she can remember. The months of intense training and competition in the world of horse shows take her away, too often, from her husband, Matt, and their eight year old daughter Gracie. Matt, a lawyer still vying to make partner at fifty, has made huge sacrifices in his career to be Gracie’s primary caregiver. This was the agreement between Matt and Elise – but it is no longer working. Their finances and their relationship are strained, and they are forced to sell the lakeside cabin that has been in Matt’s family for generations to pay for another year of riding, school fees, and the physiotherapy Gracie needs for her disability.
When the Sorensons arrive in Lake Placid, Matt is taken aback by the frosty reception of the locals who have always revered his family. Then something happens to Gracie, their daughter. In the panic and confusion that follow, the fault lines in their marriage crack wide open, allowing long-held resentments and blame to come bursting to the surface.
This story is not only about marriage and the challenges it may face, but also about how events may change both a marriage and one’s personal goals. The description Cohen gives of the marriage between Matt and Elise is a realistic one that is not sugar-coated. While reading I came to understand the stories of both partners in the marriage – though my understanding of Elise takes a little longer to materialise than my understanding of Matt’s experience. There were moments in the story when I held my breath, and moments when my heart broke. Little Green is a story that touches the heart because it could so easily happen to any person and parent. It is a story that shows a person may eventually come to a personal understanding on the importance of family.
If you enjoy reading contemporary fiction that touches on realistic possibilities, then this book is for you. Tish Cohen is an experienced writer who does not disappoint with this story. This is a read I would highly recommend.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 4 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 49th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)