The A-Z of You and Me is about a young man who is in a home for the terminally ill and is painfully aware of how his failing body reflects his failed life.
Ivo is scared. He’s alone, he has been neglectful and slowly, through the help of the alphabet, a couple of nurses that become a big part of his life, and brutal honesty, Ivo puts together the pieces of his life till he can die in peace.
This Beckett in form inspired book, perfectly reflects the fractioning fashion your life seems to spiral through when things get dark. The pieces of the puzzle are not at all placed together for you but exhibited in front of the reader so we’re on as much of a journey of sensory discovery as Ivo is.
A sufferer of diabetes, and neglectful with his treatment, too much sugar, love and expectation is eventually what eats away at the very bones and heart of Ivo until, when the tears of forgiveness run like a river before him, he too can let go and be free like the birds he used to make in a past life.
Bittersweet, sensory overload that puts life into high definition to make you want to live yours a little bit more fully.