HOUSE AND LIBRARY DESTROYED BY FIRE

Dear Ella and Suse,
My aunt and her partner lost their house in a bushfire and all their books were burnt. What book should I get them to help cope with the loss in the immediate aftermath (in addition to your full book to help them navigate a range of emotions as they rebuild)?
Yours,
Concerned
Dear Concerned,
We feel terrible for your aunt and her partner, losing their house and their entire book collection all at once. How lovely that you are giving them our book as part of their healing process; we sincerely hope that it will be a useful tool in rebuilding their library, as well as bringing them solace and comfort through reading.
 As an immediate read for this period of homelessness and mourning, one of the best books we know that opens up the floodgates of how it must feel to lose everything, is The Colour by Rose Tremain. This book portrays the arrival of a couple in New Zealand who have decided to start a new life there, farming. They spend their first summer building a somewhat dismal homestead, and it soon becomes apparent that this home is ill situated, and ultimately doomed. Meanwhile, Joseph, the anti-hero of the novel, finds 'the colour' in his stream, and becomes obsessed with finding gold. This leads him to all sorts of disastrous decisions, and the couple undergo enormous hardships as a result. They eventually rebuild their lives -  in very different ways to the ones that they planned. Your unfortunate relatives will find their own way to build a new homestead both literally and metaphorically, and this novel will parallel many of their current feelings, allowing them a sense of catharsis.
Another great book that will help them in this time that we are sure is full of regret and nostalgia, as well as all the practical difficulties that they must be undergoing, is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - a book that  stands the test of time, and that if they have already read is one that they wlll enjoy going back to, for  it will transport them back into happier times before now -especially if they know the book from their childhoods. When Crusoe is washed up on the shores of his island, he is a man who has nothing but what he can salvage from his wrecked boat. His efforts to cultivate the land, build himself a shelter and then a house, and to keep himself happy and occupied in his solitary state, are all states of mind that your currently homeless relatives will relate to. We wish them courage, optimism and fortitude.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Colour by Rose Tremain
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

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