Jonathan Taylor’s novel Melissa (Cromer: Salt, 2105) is a multi-faceted novel on the impact of decay and loss, of the complexity of events leading up to these, as well as looking at what happens in the aftermath of such events. Anyone who has experienced loss, through death or through personal or societal change, or who is facing the inevitability of a loss, will be able to relate to at least some of the characters and events portrayed in this novel.
It is a study of what happens to one family as they face, experience and then struggle to cope with their loss. It shows that it is not just the immediate family that is affected but how events affect those around them. Continue reading