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A gentle story of a young girl's growth to maturity, her search for true meaning in relationships and the pain she endures in the process

Synopsis

Just when everything is going normally, we all come across that “one year” that throws everything at us. “2009” is a poetic short story that explores the human reaction to opportunities, commitment, love, empathy and inner strength.

Aditya K's 2009 is a short story, the first-person narrative of a young Australian girl, Joanna, and her experiences while growing into adulthood. It tells how young people in search of lasting and true meaning in life/relationships meet the bitter but undeniable realities that surround human relationships—breakdowns without sufficient cause, betrayals, cheating, loss of loved ones, etc. However, we come out wiser and stronger after enduring these harsh experiences.


Set in Melbourne, Australia, the story starts in the late 2008/beginning of 2009. Her grandparents raised Joanna. The story begins with the passing of her grandmother. Another pivotal relationship her life depends on i.e., her grandfather, is lost soon afterward as he falls victim to Alzheimer’s and is admitted to an eldercare facility for life. Joanna is in a strong relationship with a young man that has lasted for years. It is the strength she derives from that relationship that helps her cope with these two losses in quick succession. But that's not the end—there's still more that goes wrong with Joanna's relationships...painful events that reach a climax before the course of her life changes forever.


2009 was the year when all this happened to Joanna and hence the selfsame title given to the book.


Overall, it’s a nice story. It is gentle. The author has written poetry at places to give expression to Joanna's pain. The poetry blends well with the rest of the book and makes it more enjoyable to read. Coming from a young woman passing through painful episodes in life, it might bring comfort to women/girls on occasions when they suffer in similar situations, and I recommend it to them.

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Synopsis

Just when everything is going normally, we all come across that “one year” that throws everything at us. “2009” is a poetic short story that explores the human reaction to opportunities, commitment, love, empathy and inner strength.

The sky brimmed with fireworks. A celebration of the new year erupted as I looked out from the window of a room that was swamped with silence. It had been four hours since my grandmother had spoken, but the beeping heart monitor offered a glimmer of hope. Ethan and I had been together for ten years, and we just couldn’t imagine the feeling of being apart. Here was a couple who had weathered times of turmoil and hardship for sixty years, and now they’d had an epiphany of the inevitability of death. As the clock ticked, my grandfather held his wife’s hand firmer, closer and tighter.


My grandmother passed away on 1 January 2009, and that’s how our new year started. Ever since she left us, my grandfather had hardly spoken; he’d spent most of his days doing things she’d loved. I noticed that he was struggling to cope with her absence. He was by himself most of the day in a house where every ounce of the building held a memory of her. We sold it and moved to an apartment in the city. 



Immersed in beautiful

moments every day

Never in life

We thought of today


You left us

and

this world

in a blink of an eye


And the blank pages

of his final chapter

said

“Wait, to reunify”




About the author

I am a poet based in Melbourne. My debut poetry "Illuminated" is an anthology of poems on love ,pain and hope . My next book "2009" is a short story that comprises poetry. It is inspired from true events. It is honest, raw and takes you on a profound journey of "Joanna's" life in 2009. view profile

Published on July 18, 2020

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Genre: Women's Fiction

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