Title: We Are Called to Rise
Author: Laura McBride
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, May 2014
Summary/Review: The mother of a returned Iraq War veteran, a young Albanian boy, an injured soldier and a volunteer social service worker have lives and stories that intersect in this debut novel set in Las Vegas. The novel is told through the four voices of these characters. We learn much about their backgrounds and the many issues that make up their stories. Through the mother Avis we also learn about the husband who is divorcing her, their troubled son and his wife. Their family issues and losses are profound. Through the soldier Luis, recovering in a hospital, we learn about his loving grandmother who has looked after him his whole life. Through the little boy, Bashkim we come to know his whole family, the issues these new immigrants are faced with and a great tragedy that brings all of these characters together. This book is filled with emotion and will leave you with much to think about. I really like the title of this book because in spite of the tragedy and sadness, each character rises toward hope with courage and compassion.
Who will like this book? This book will appeal to a wide-range of contemporary fiction readers. It has well-developed characters that you care about along with an engaging writing style.
If you like this, try this: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nicholas Butler; The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris
Recommended by: Jan, Administration
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