Review | Tuesday 29 May 2012
Johnson has written extensively about her own life and for that I have always been grateful; her writing makes me feel not alone. In this brilliantly conceived novel, a woman on the eve of her 50th birthday lists one hundred moments of pure and unadulterated happiness, or as Johnson puts it – lists of loves.
This could be a corny novel, but no, in Johnson’s hands reality and poetry mix to create a profound description of a woman’s life. There is the rawness and the vulnerability that comes with such an expose, but there is also humour and humility.
One Hundred Lovers: oh to be so lucky to have lived a life embracing each and every moment of memory. A wonderful novel that already I have passed on to my closest girlfriend. It is that type of book.