“It is the nature of the earth to shift. It is the nature of fragile things to break. It is the nature of fire to burn.”
The Nature of Fragile Things is a different kind of story than I expected that centers around four strong female characters, each with their own conflicts. There are elements of suspense, tension, and mystery to this historical time in history. Secrets are the core of the story, with female solidarity themes while exploring the bonds of mother’s love and friendship. On the eve of the earthquake, secrets are revealed that unite the characters, and their lives become connected. At a time when women were seen as fragile, Susan Meissner brilliantly weaves in the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco as a backdrop to the story.
I enjoyed and loved the unique dynamics between the characters and the bonds they developed. They start off not knowing how fragile their world is until everything around them crumbles and set on fire, and they find out just how strong they are together. Susan Meissner creates some twists and turns along the way that I liked and one I had to not overthink. I highly recommend it.
I downloaded a copy from the publisher on NetGalley.