A memoir within the type of a prose poem, Megan Barker’s Package tells of a friendship that started when the writer was in her early 20s. When Barker first meets Package in 1998, he has “an perspective of somebody able to dig of their heels, else spring from the hamstrings, take flight”. The pair turn out to be inseparable and discuss “about IT ALL … With a lot time in our fingers to sift and loop and spool our world we’re in every day, in every hour of every day, entangled”.
Their friendship continues into center age by which era Barker is married with three younger kids. She cherishes the time spent within the firm of her previous pal, and away from the calls for of household. So when Package is laid low by a debilitating despair, she instinctively desires to maintain him. In opposition to her husband Mac’s needs, she invitations him to hitch the household on vacation at a home in rural Wales. It’s a resolution that ends in catastrophe and a determined name to the emergency companies.
Actor Maxine Peake gives a stupendous narration, conveying the intimacy and agony of Barker and Package’s bond and unearthing the wealthy textures and the winding, stuttering rhythms of the writing. By way of this authentic medium, Barker is winningly blunt about motherhood and marriage, particularly the noise, the mess and the lack of pondering time (“All deep thought has been changed with lists”). Most of all, Package is a visceral, heartfelt paean to the wildness of friendship and unconditional love.
Package by Megan Barker is out there through Cheerio, 2hr 8min
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