Emancipation of B review

Dawn Powell in Goodreads

I bought this because I know and like the author, Jennifer, so wanted to support her work. My plan was that I would be nice about it on GoodReads if liked it but keep quiet about it if I thought it was rubbish. What was I not expecting was to love it but I did.

This book is amazing. I was genuinely hooked from the first page. Most authors if their plot, as this book does, revolved around a modern-day hermit, would make the said hermit mad or bad – or probably both. But Jennifer’s B is neither; he’s someone who is fulfilling a lifelong desire for complete solitude. The story focuses on how solitude enables him to truly know himself and to truly understand his life. However, it is also reassuringly realistic. B struggles with the lack of contact with others and, as you might expect, with the sheer boredom of it all.

As an introvert, I’ve often want to shut the world out – in fact, today, I opted for staying at home by myself to read this book rather than go to a social event where, gasp, I might have to speak to people. Therefore, it was fascinating to read something that explores the idea of total solitude and, more importantly, how it wasn’t necessarily a terrible thing.

I am know I biased because I consider Jennifer a friend (with a lowercase f; she’ll get the reference), but I think this book probably would have been nominated for award had she’d been more of a “name”. She’s known as author in Quaker circles and is known for work as a literary agent, but it’s a shame she’s not better known as a novelist in more general circles. Her work is really interesting and deserves more recognition.