Hi! I'm playing catch up on here today about the last three books that I have read. All three were good, but one I will be keeping on my bookshelf next to "The Help" and "The Secret Life of Bees", if my Mom doesn't make me give it back to her.
I'll be telling you about each book in the order that I read them.
Oh, my, did I love this book. It was meaty. The language was a treat. The story was so deep, and so good. At first, I had to put it down, because I had just finished that other book, "The Haunted". I was in the mood for something more uplifting and during the first chapter of "A Map of the World", disaster strikes so I chose to read "Firefly Lane" instead. When I got back to this book though, it wasn't the sad story that I thought it going to be.
The people in "A Map of the World" are excellently developed and you don't even feel like you are reading a book about fictional characters. It is more like watching a movie, come to think of it. That is when you know that a book is soooo good! I later learned that there was a movie made from this book in 1999, starring Sigourney Weaver.
The story features Alice, a farm wife to Howarad and school nurse with two children and a best friend, living in a small town who views them as the family of outsiders. While Alice is babysitting her best friend Theresa's daguther, Lizzy, well, um, Lizzy drowns in the farm pond.
Oh, but things get even worse for Alice after that. Besides the guilt and depression that follows Lizzy's death, Alice is accused of a horrendous crime from some children at school. She spends several months in jail because the bail is set so high that her husband can't afford to get her released.
Though I have told you those two main themes that run throughout the book, don't worry, you find all of that stuff out right away on your own. It is how everybody relates to each other, and how they work through their sorrow and problems that really makes this story work.
Yep, this one is the keeper! It is older, 1994, and is written by the same person who wrote "The Story of Ruth", another book that I have kept for years and years. Two plus thumbs up for sure on this book. I considered it excellent.
I have learned that Jane Hamilton is still writing away, and here is her website, if you would like to learn more about her: "Jane Hamilton"
Also, I happened to be very worried about a family member with mental illness and had put a call out for prayers as I was reading this book. It seemed to be a case of perfect timing to have chosen this book to read when I did.
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