Say Say Say

Say Say Say Review

A beautiful, bracingly honest debut novel about the triangle formed between a young woman and the couple whose life she enters one transformative year: a story about love and compassion, the fluidity of desire, and the myriad ways of devotion.

Ella is nearing thirty, and not yet living the life she imagined. Her artistic ambitions as a student in Minnesota have given way to an unintended career in caregiving. One spring, Bryn—a retired carpenter—hires her to help him care for Jill, his wife of many years. A car accident caused a brain injury that has left Jill verbally diminished; she moves about the house like a ghost of her former self, often able to utter, like an incantation, only the words that comprise this novel’s title.

As Ella is drawn ever deeper into the couple’s household, her presence unwanted but wholly necessary, she is profoundly moved by the tenderness Bryn shows toward the wife he still fiercely loves. Ella is startled by the yearning this awakens in her, one that complicates her feelings for her girlfriend, Alix, and causes her to look at relationships of all kinds—between partners, between employer and employee, and above all between men and women—in new ways.

Tightly woven, humane and insightful, tracing unflinchingly the most intimate reaches of a young woman’s heart and mind, Say Say Say is a riveting story about what it means to love, in a world where time is always running out.

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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    A beautifully written story on empathy and compassion, Say Say Say follows Ella, a home caregiver hired to care for Jill, a woman in steady decline from brain damage after a tragic car accident years ...

  • Benjy

    A tender, generous sliver of compassion about the difficulties in caring for ourselves and for others.Ella is a home care worker who floats between other people's tragedies, hired to join a family jus...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate

    I gave it 65 pages and I had to put it down. I may give it another try at a later date, but for now it’s a DNF....

  • Kathleen

    My review for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/review-say...Companionship, as in a feeling of fellowship or friendship, is a sensation that virtually all people require and see...

  • Dawn Wells

    This book makes you really think about relationships and what they mean. What you want in a relationship. This book is about a young woman who goes to live with a couple to help take care of the injur...

  • Talia Smart

    This one's for the introspects, the overthinkers, the empaths...Say Say Say is a slow-burning, thoughtful meditation on relationships, self-hood, and caregiving of many kinds. It's so easy to get lost...

  • Kathy

    I received a free digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Say Say Say is the story of a caregiver named Ella. Many of the early interactions between Ella and her clients are in...

  • Bookish Anki

    This was very short and quick read, a little intimate on the emotions and feelings of Ella who works as a home caregiver for old sick people. One such client is Bryn, he hires Ella to take care of his...

  • Vanya

    Say Say Say by Lila Savage concerns Ella, an aspirational woman who drops out from university midway to pursue a career in caregiving, an intellectually undemanding job that leaves her occasionally qu...

  • Hannah

    This is very much a character-driven novel, focussing on a variety of interpersonal relationships. Ella is a carer, who takes a job with a man called Bryn, whose wife Jill experienced an accident some...