It’s hard to know where to start with this book, as it so much to commend it. I suppose the most important issue to deal with is the title.
Ida MacLaird does in fact have glass feet, and it appears that the rest of her body is gradually following. This worried me when I read the synopsis, because I generally like things to be believable, but somehow this works. For some, this will work on the level of an adult fairy story, an unusual occurrence which is just accepted. For others, however, the condition can be seen to represent any medical condition which slowly takes over a body, especially cancer.
Ida returns to the island where she believes her condition started, trying to look for a reclusive man who she feels may be able to help her. Whilst there she meets Midas Crook, a man with his own problematic background, and they start to fall in love.
The bulk of the book is about the various relationships on the island, and the way they interleave – although Ida’s condition remains important, it’s not central, and it is the various characters and these relationships which caught me.
The way that Ali writes about the island itself is almost poetic, and this makes the book a joy to get lost in. His writing is descriptive, but to the point, a rare combination.
For me, the ending to the story was done well, and is very emotional.
This is a book over which I had some reservations when starting, but these were soon overcome. It’s a book which has stayed in my thoughts, and is highly recommended.
Published by http://www.atlantic-books.co.uk Jan 2010