Heart of Jupiter
By Ledicia Costas
Small Stations Press
From afar, it looked like a field covered in quince jam, inviting you to start running and launch yourself into that abyss of warm light. A delicious descent into the heart of childhood.
(‘Behind The Sunflowers’)
With each of this book’s twenty chapters kicking off with a quote from some of the finest writers of modern-day fiction (everyone from J. D. Salinger to William Golding to Charles Dickens to Melvin Burgess), I do have to confess that Heart of Jupiter is a mighty big relief of a departure from the rather dark and altogether disturbing book, also by Ledicia Costas, An Animal Called Mist.
Reviewed on this site, the latter is a resoundingly harrowing investigation unto the many subliminal horror(s) that has somehow beset the human psyche; whereas the former is something of a jolly, veritable traipse through the park in comparison.
Anchored within the everyday, vexed foreboding of prime protagonist Isla, these 199 pages reveal that which is somehow woven betwixt teenage angst and trepidation, lust and anxiety: ”There is a lot of tyranny in adolescence.”
Nigh all of which is wrapped amid the astute parameters of an on-line relationship with someone by the name of Jupiter.
Hence the book’s title.
That said, Heart of Jupiter is also about friendship, understanding, and dare one say it: change – which is where the begin essentially begins: ”Moving city is much more than just putting things in boxes, taking advantage of the occasion to have a sort-out and throw away what you no longer need. Moving city has another meaning that needs to be viewed from a deeper perspective. Because confronting the dimensions of an empty house cannot be reduced to packaging tape and a removal van. Something really important is happening. You’re leaving behind the space that has contributed to everything turning out the way it has over the last few years. Living somewhere else, things will never be the same. That is the essence of chaos theory […].”
Change can indeed be the overt ”essence of chaos theory;” although for my money, it can also denote the complete opposite – which is why you should read this book.
It really could enhance your day!