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Dear Boy,: An Epistolary Memoir Paperback – November 23, 2013
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Heather Weber blogs about life, faith, and parenting at www.onravenstreet.com and writes for ForeWord Reviews. She lives with her husband and three daughters in North Liberty, IA, where she works as an associate pastor at LIFEchurch.
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I would recommend this book not to the casual reader looking for a light-hearted read, but to someone who may be going through a tough time in grief, or who is processing a trying time of life. You walk through the author's thoughts and feelings alongside your own while you read, which for me, was much needed and refreshing. The writing will leave you wanting more. Hopefully, another book is in Heather Weber's future!
The author shows how we sometimes think we can make amends and talk with loved ones tomorrow. The fact is tomorrow may not come. We need to talk today. This book reminded me of the question I once asked myself: Would I have regrets if my loved one died today?
I would recommend everyone read this book. It will without a doubt make you think about your own relationships and what's really important in this life.
Told through a series of letters to Weber's family members--her brother, "Boy," who died unexpectedly young, her mother "Peaches," younger brother, "Little Josh," and her father, "Number Two"--the self-assured, confidential tone of the memoir makes you immediately trust the author and sucks you down into the story right away. That said, Weber does a fine job of looking at her own complicity in the tangled and mangled relationships of her family.
As a writer, what made the book so enjoyable for me, was seeing how Weber managed time, tracking down information she didn't know, speculating, all within the narrative construct of her letter format. In a less capable writer, the center would not hold, but Weber deftly weaves information from the past -- including doctor's notes and police reports -- without ever losing her authentic and confidential tone. The book is lovely and emotional without ever being nostalgic or sentimental.
I recommend it for people who enjoyed the work of Abagail Thomas, those who are interested in uniquely formatted nonfiction, and those who love a true story of redemption.
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Everyone should read this!! 5 Stars!!!!!