Monday, February 15, 2016
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
I had read Barbara Comyn's Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead many years ago based on a suggestion at Green Apple Books, and the whimsical title Our Spoons Came from Woolworths caught my attention on a recent bookstore jaunt. Comyns infuses both works with a sense of outlandishness and eccentricity, and a potent blend of the tragic and the comic. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths tells the story of a young artist, Sophia Fairclough. who marries an artist named Charles, and becomes pregnant shortly thereafter. Living a bohemian but spartan life in 1930s London, the young couple must navigate balancing artistic interests with familial responsibility, while living in poverty. This is a novel that doesn't shy away from a woman's frank perspective on marriage and motherhood. Fascinating, indeed.