“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
A woman of later years (Sonia Braga), independent and strong-minded, refuses to be forced out of her apartment so that a property company can build a new development on the site.
I love this woman.
No matter what life throws at her, she knows her own mind and sticks to her plan.
She suffers serious illness, bereavement, grown-up children who don’t visit her enough or who take her for granted, intimidation and harassment from the property company – and she refuses to be beaten down by any of it.
She has a fun circle of friends, a good relationship with her brother, the respect of those who know her, and the strength of will not to back down when threatened.
Braga inhabits Clara so perfectly, and the writing is so beautiful, that I felt like I had known her for ages and would like to be in her circle.
It’s fabulous that an older woman is the centre of such a story and not a peripheral aunt or grandmother.