Review: These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff


In a post 9/11 NewYork, Hariet – a recent graduate – struggles to find her place both in a city that she loves; a city that she has seen torn apart and put back together again with alarming speed but also in a post-baby boomer society.


It was such a relief to pick up this book after a week reading books that didn’t enthral me. These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff could almost be a safety blanket book – one that all graduates should keep close by to make them realise that they are not alone in the feeling of being completely unsure of what you are meant to do with your life.

I know that even seven years after I graduated I still have those moments of blind panic. I think that is why this book touched me the way that it did.

The post 9/11 Ne York setting eloquently reflected the insecurities of Hariet and her friends. The parallel was delivered so powerfully through her actions – the obsession with Brenner and his family and their security, the frequent belief that New York would be attacked again and her sadness at potentially becoming a New York child cliché. It was delivered with such a unique voice that it made me actually very sad that this was Haimoff’s debut novel and that there is not a body of work available for me to read.

For me, Michelle Haimoff is definitely someone to look out for.

These Days Are Ours by Michelle Haimoff is available now.

Follow Michelle Haimoff on Twitter @MichelleHaimoff


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  1. 11th September 2014 / 6:14 pm

    This sounds great. I want to give it a go!

    • 11th September 2014 / 8:57 pm

      Ah matey, it really was good but in a very Catcher in the Rye-esque way. Nothing really happens but it is a fascinating character study. I’m loving the one started yesterday though. It is called Station Eleven and it is about a post apocalyptic world after an air born virus hits America. So far, so good 🙂 x

  2. 11th September 2014 / 6:14 pm

    This sounds great. I want to give it a go!

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