This book is dazzling and original and it is written by a new writer from Toronto. There are so many great writers in Canada and I am SO glad that new writers are seeing how important it is to share what they have stored inside their hearts and souls.
It is a great story that is witty and emotional with piercing observation. The story is set on Vancouver Island, in Toronto, and in the American Midwest. It tells the story of three siblings who, in the week before the 2012 US presidential election, reunite and set off on a journey that will transform their lives.
Connie Foster is a mother of three young children. She learns that her husband’s attempt to maintain their lifestyle has led them to financial ruin.
Her sister Hannah Crowe, a writer, is desperately wanting to have a child. But the man she loves is determined not to. Zeus Ortega, their much younger adopted brother, who left the family home when he was fifteen, is living in Chicago with his boyfriend and working as a therapeutic clown in a children’s hospital.
Prompted by a heartbreaking loss, he quits his job and decides to search for his birth parents in New Mexico. Together, the three siblings head south and, on the way, they visit a mega-church in Wichita, Kansas, where their mother, Rose who had a powerful faith experience.
What unfolds is a captivating story about three people bound by family ties and caught between loyalty and desire, searching for wholeness and finding something more real in its place.
The story is human and infused with sparkling intelligence and dark humour. The story reveals all of our foibles and our graces.
This story also shows the importance of compassion and how it goes a long way to mending a heart in the absence of certainty.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth