A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird tells the unforgettable story of Willa Waters aged eight, 33 and 93. In 1965, eight-year-old Willa receives a mysterious box. Inside is a jar of water and the instructions: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ In doing so, Willa creates a time portal that allows her to visit her future selves.
In 1990, Willa is 33, a wife and the mother of two small boys. She’s dealing with dark memories from her tragic childhood. When she encounters her eight-year-old self in the garden it sends her spiralling out of control.
Willa at 93 is a gumboot wearing larrikin with a wandering mind. She’s trying to resist being put into a nursing home as she has important work to do… if she could only remember what it was. She’s definitely my favourite version of the three Willas.
A Lifetime of Impossible Days is one of those rare books that defies classification. You just have to strap yourself into your reading seat and prepare for a magical ride. It’s highly imaginative, charming, tragic and hilarious — and tackles some heavy themes as well.
The book itself is a work of art with a gorgeous, shiny cover and illustrations throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful debut novel from Australian author Tabitha Bird.
Verdict: A touching, imaginative read that I highly recommend.
Thank you to Tabitha Bird for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.