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I was so glad that a few of my friend's reviews mentioned that this story had a paranormal aspect, b/c I would have been really surprised otherwise. Not that I don't love a paranormal touch, but I hadn't expected it from this story when I bought it so long ago. But it was really intriguing, and I loved the way it was woven into the story, and the way it was described. And how it changed and molded Moses, and how it affected his relationship with Georgia.
So why did Part 1 not compel me? It was Moses. He was kind of a dick. I mean, I could sort of understand why he was the way he was, and I sort of understood how he became that way and why he acted the way he did towards Georgia...but at the same time I needed something to pull me in, and I don't feel like I got enough from his perspective to really have me give him enough benefit of the doubt.
And Georgia was definitely more interesting of a character, but I couldn't always understand who she was all the time either. But I think that's my failing, not the failing of the book. I enjoyed how different she was, how spunky and straightforward and how she saw something special in Moses.
I didn't expect all the different aspects to the story...not just the paranormal aspect, but the mystery as well. And while I could see that the mystery was going to come into play, I can say that I didn't predict the outcome to that at all. And while I knew this book was going to slay me, I don't think I knew in quite what way and so it still really got me. I'm definitely glad I packed my pockets full of kleenexes for the end of this story, b/c I used them all.
So in the end it was part 2 that really made this book for me. It was full of heartache and beauty and growth and just sucked me in and made me feel and gave me exactly what I was looking for. And now I'm definitely going to have to read Running Barefoot. Super intrigued. And that's my distracted review.
It begins with a baby left in a laundry basket at a laundromat, a "crack" baby who was named Moses,so named after another baby left in an ancient laundry basket eons ago. He grew into a child who had behavioral issues, ADD and whole constellation of "psych" labels attached to him. No family member ever really wanted to raise him, so he moved from family member to family member. He came for summers to Utah to be with his GiGi (Great-Grandmother) where Georgia would see him and be utterly fascinated with him...his unusual yellow-green eyes and bronze skin on a beautiful body growing into itself.
While he may have been in some scraps as a juvenile, the reader gets to know Moses for the first half through the blind fascination and infatuation of Georgia for him as a troubled but inherently good and even gifted boy. Georgia was a fearless horse woman and part daredevil. Moses was like an impossible lure...an impossible dare...a deep pool of water beckoning to her to jump in and chance a swim like she was forbidden to do by her parents at the pond on their property.
" Whatever it was, when Moses came to Levan, he was like water—cold, deep, unpredictable, and, like the pond up the canyon, dangerous, because you could never see what was beneath the surface. And just like I’d done all my life, I jumped in head first, even though I’d been forbidden. But this time, I drowned."
Moses at 18 was still trying to get a hold on himself. He suffered not only from compelling visions and otherworldly messages, but also the sense that he would never fit in anywhere and no one except GiGi ever truly wanted him. He compulsively paints pictures of those who have passed, onto edifices and buildings often angering the folks of Levan and casting suspicion on himself for murdering young women. After all he is different and evil looking.
He lives by his own law, "The Law of Moses" and one is: "Thou shall not love."
Georgia is persistent in her pursuit of the beautiful man child with the "panther's eyes" and finds herself succumbing to the passions of her body and heart. On the day she tells Moses that she loves him...on this same day, he finds his beloved great grandmother has died during the night and because of despairing grief, he succumbs to his demons in an incriminating way. Ultimately vanishing from Georgia's life for over seven years.
The redemption of Moses from the terror of his visions, their purpose as the subject of his art and even the beauty in the anguish and sweetness of the visions are the subject of "Part 2, After". The author delivers a master's touch at knitting the story together with all the characters. Within the framework of a love story or three love stories, if you will, there are some exciting page-turning moments to a few mysteries which, in and of themselves, tie the whole story together.
There is acute heartbreak the reader needs suffer...and it hits you hard but in a beautiful, heart rending-like way. The reader needs to suffer before there is peace in the finish of this achingly beautiful and masterfully told story.
"A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings."