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We Are Called to Rise: A Novel Hardcover – June 3, 2014
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"Your heart will break...then soar." (Redbook)
"Rarely does a novel reach into my soul and leave me sobbing, but We Are Called to Rise did just that with its beautifully drawn characters, true-to-life plot, and such exquisite writing that it's hard to believe that this is Laura McBride's first book....a graceful portrait of our time." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"The lives of four Las Vegas families collide, reminding us all that every act--no matter how insignificant it might seem--matters. You'll be thinking about these characters long after you finish this haunting, heart-wrenching and hopeful book." (Houston Chronicle)
"With new books from Stephen King, Hilary Clinton and Lee Child, there will be plenty of competition for beach reading this summer, but the hot season's most intriguing new release might just be the debut novel by 53-year-old Laura McBride." (AARP.com)
"The consequences of war at home, and the possibility of community in our most atomized places, form the heart of a novel that's by turns hopeful and tragic, but never maudlin." (Vulture)
"Hauntingly timely...pitch-perfect...a plainspoken realism that beckons the reader along from page one...reminding us that courage and character are often writ large during the darkest of days." (BookPage)
"McBride has written an urgent morality tale for our times in the form of this poignant and gripping debut." (Library Journal, starred review)
"A tour de force of imagination that packs a wallop...immensely moving...without question, McBride is a truly commanding literary presence." (Booklist)
"McBride's characters are warm with pulsating vitality....it is a testament to the author's mature voice and storytelling talent that we are willing to take to heart the lessons her story offers." (Publishers Weekly)
“Both tense and touching, intimate and global, Laura McBride's debut is a genuinely affecting story of innocence, resilience, and the surprising ties that connect us all. The characters' voices are so real, so raw and human, you will find yourself thinking of them long after you have turned the last page.” (Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters)
"Here is the powerful story of the way in which war detonates far from battlefields, exploding lives in a single irrevocable moment. Here are unforgettable voices that need to be heard as urgently as this richly imagined story needs to be told. Like a solitary bell We Are Called to Rise reverberated long after I'd put it down. I can't stop thinking about it." (Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress)
“Laura McBride had me hooked on her novel by page two, the beginning of a roller coaster ride of emotions powered by her gorgeously strong writing. She took me to sorrow and despair and then to the heights of love and forgiveness, where we find our best selves. We are Called to Rise is a powerful, memorable achievement.” (Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House)
“It's been a long time since I invested myself as a reader so thoroughly, so hopefully, in a character as I did for the small, young life at the center of this poignant narrative. Laura McBride writes with the foresight and compassion of the best storytellers. Her range of voices and perspectives is as impressive as her ability to plumb the depths of ordinary lives touched by extraordinary circumstances. This is a tender yet urgent entreaty not to scale impossible heights but to rise to the intimate challenge, and to call forth the love needed, to piece together a child’s shattered home and heart." (Vaddey Ratner author of In the Shadow of the Banyan)
“With this novel, Laura McBride dismantles the American dream. Set in Las Vegas, our most opulent nowhere, a long-running marriage collapses in a single moment. A boy’s family crumbles in a clash of cultures. Soldiers return from bad wars detonated—the pins pulled on their fragile minds. Still, they must all somehow move forward out of these losses, into futures for which they have no assembly instructions. Strength is simply their last available option, they’d rather not have to come up with it. And it is precisely this—the reluctance with which they become their best selves—that makes this such an emotionally powerful story.” (Carol Anshaw, author of Carry the One)
"Laura McBride's searing and expansive vision will hold you in its
grip from start to finish. Her Las Vegas characters outshine even the
glitz of that city in their fierce humanity." (V.V. Ganeshananthan author of Love Marriage)
"Succeeds brilliantly...one of the finest books of the year." (Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point)
"One of the best books I've read this year. It broke my heart and put it back together. It made me cry, and it gave me hope." (Nancy Thayer)
Top Customer Reviews
Las Vegas, Sin City, Boomtown~~whatever you call it, its bright lights and loud noise and big times draw in millions of tourists; but on its outskirts it is also home to Avis, Bashkim, Luis and Roberta, four people who have never met but whose lives are about intersect.
Avis is fifty-three years old. She's been having a hard time feeling romantic with her husband, Jim. But tonight, she's going for it. She's going to seduce her husband.
"I’m in love with Darcy. We’ve been seeing each other for a while.” It was like the gun had gone off. There I was, naked, having just wagged my fifty-three-year-old ass, and there he was, somewhere behind me, knowing what I had been about to do, confessing to an affair with a woman in his office who was almost young enough to be our daughter."
Avis and Jim have been married for nearly all of their adult lives and that marriage is clearly on the rocks. They buried a young daughter named Emily and they raised a son named Nate. Nate is an Iraqi war veteran who after three tours has come home to join the local police force.
Bashkim just loves his teacher, Mrs. Monaghan. She wears pretty red shoes. For a class project, Mrs.Read more ›
On February 12, 2008, a tragedy occurred in Las Vegas. An Albanian-immigrant mother was shot and killed by a police officer during an otherwise routine traffic stop. She was standing beside her ice-cream truck when she was shot . . . and her children were standing with her. The facts of the case were strongly disputed (and the inquest itself was so confusing and improper that it was said to represent “a new low in the history of such proceedings”), but the officer was eventually exonerated.
This is the true story on which Laura McBride’s fictional book, We Are Called to Rise, is based. Deshira Selimaj’s real-life tragedy stuck with Laura McBride, so she used it as “a jumping-off point” for this book in which several unrelated characters are brought together unexpectedly by this terrible central event.
The book revolves mainly around three characters, with alternating chapters told in first person by each of them:
1) Avis: a middle-aged mother whose decades-long marriage is dissolving (her husband, an executive at MGM, is leaving her for a younger woman). She has one grown son, Nate, who did three tours in Iraq before returning to Las Vegas and becoming a police officer.
2) Bashkim: a smart eight-year-old whose Albanian-immigrant parents own an ice-cream truck.
3) Luis: a soldier who gets severely injured and ends up in a rehab hospital in DC.
There are also a few chapters told by Roberta, a native Las Vegan and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteer.
The book is about three-hundred pages long, but the characters’ stories don’t intersect until around page 175. There is a lot of exposition and character development before the big event (based on the true story) takes place.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book but hard to read in places because it is very emotional. Author has done excellent job of bringing you into the characters heads.Published 3 days ago by noriekany
I really loved this story. The characters were wonderful & although not all were well developed, I feel we knew what we needed to know to appreciate each of them. Read morePublished 6 days ago by kellysm76
What would you do in the midst of so many broken lives? Some of us will rise to the aid of the broken and some will look the other way. This book shows us both. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Rita N. Bulington
I had been reading another book that I had to give up and it was nice to read a book with good pacing and story line. The ending was a little predictable.Published 12 days ago by dhill100
A heart wrenching story of loss and hope. The author knows her city (Las Vegas) and tells its story with compassion, love, and keen insight. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Merry
I stumbled onto this book from a Pinterest list. It's not what I expected but it was very good. Quick read.Published 26 days ago by Lynnette S. Bosman