I've been meaning to review a book I read recently - "Cold hands, warm heart" by Jill Wolfson. It arrived in the library for cataloguing and caught my attention so I thought I'd give it a read. It was time well spent - this book deals with a number of intertwined issues, a cast of well-defined characters and several narrators concisely and effectively. The book focuses around a heart transplant and views it from many angles and points of view in a believable way that neither judges the characters nor patronises the reader. The transplant donor and recipient(s) and their families have complex emotions to deal with and none of these are neglected or simplified - the recipient is very much aware that someone healthy died, and it is only because of this that she could continue to live. The transplantation process is well portrayed and not glamorised or made to appear a simple fix - the downsides of living with ongoing medications and the consequences of rejection are not left out or glossed over.
I would happily recommend this book for anyone - even if you are unable to relate to the story it is told well and is very thought-provoking.
Also, I went to the post office to send one of my long overdue parcels - it seems that the post office opening hours I googled were out of date - that'll teach me to just take the first search result. I should know better than that. Bad librarian! Bad!
I guess I'll try to get there during the week...