What if you could erase your ex from your history entirely? What if you could go back and change that hideous choice of wedding dress you made 30 years ago? Or watch your deceased child grow into adulthood, picture by picture?
Enter IF, the Melbourne-based creative team, headed by Tom Lash, which can grant your wishes. For a fee, of course. Tom is in his late 20s and at a bit of a loose end. His health nut mother drives him mad, his girlfriend is embarrassed by what he does and his 14-year-old sister wants to hang out with him all-the-time.
You Wish, Lia Weston’s 3rd contemporary fiction novel, is an excellent cautionary tale about can happen when your life starts to drift and you fail to take control.
With a dry sense of humour and an uncanny knack of being able to see inside his clients’ minds, Tom has developed quite the allergy to real life. He’d rather spend his nights creating secret artworks and his days in IF’s basement studio – alongside the quirky Mica – Photoshopping digital images to make dreams come true.
No matter how bizarre – or illegal – those dreams might be.
Tom soon discovers that sticking his head in the sand and letting life flow around him can have catastrophic consequences.
This is a contemporary novel that actually reflects real life. People are constantly scanning their phones, text messages interrupt conversations, and work arguments revolve around whether data should be stored in the cloud or in local servers. Weston’s sharp wit and ability to send up inner-Melbourne trendites is truly poetic:
We’re at the kind of cafe that has chairs tied to the ceiling and has no punctuation on the menu. Rohan orders a coconut water, proving that one man’s embalming fluid is another man’s ambrosia. The staff here know him by name. The menu here is sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free, so they probably know my mum by name too.
You Wish won’t send you into an emotional spiral or make you want to spout philosophy from the nearest street corner. But it is an extremely enjoyable read and you might just decide to take a few moments to sit down and think about where your life is actually taking you.
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher for the purpose of review.