This is a wonderful book by Jocelynne Saucier. It is a book that I will be purchasing for my library. The book is written so beautifully. The words flow like warm butter from freshly baked bread.
When I first picked up the book at the library, the title tweaked my interest, being a catholic and interested in the religious components of our lives. However, it had nothing to do with cardinals…LOL. Instead, the Cardinals are a family.
This is a family like no other however. They are self-made? In today’s day and age, and because of our conformist culture, it is wonderful to read about this kind of family! It is like a cool breath of fresh air on a very hot and humid day.
They are an essence onto themselves. They are unique and dissonant, the only members of our species it would seem that are self-actualized as they are.
The Cardinal family is not mean–but they do bear their teeth when threatened. But people felt uncomfortable with the Cardinal family? I wonder why that would be?
In our culture today, we expect people to all be similar to us. And when we find that people aren’t, well our uncomfortable antennae go up with question marks whirling through the air like chaff after a bond fire!
What is especially different about the Cardinal family is that they had twenty-one kids. And now, after not being in the same room for decades, they’re congregating to celebrate their father, a prospector who discovered the zinc mine in their deserted hometown in northern Quebec.
In this story, the siblings all tell their stories of their childhood. In the process of reading the story, the reader will discover a lot of things about Angele. She is the only Cardinal who has a penchant for happiness. But she has gone missing?!
What is worse, people have pretended not to notice for years. Why the silence! What secrets does the mine hold?
This story will hold the reader captive to the story until she is done reading the book.
This is one of the best books I read this year!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth