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Jordan O’Malley is not happy with her life, so she has decisions to make. Does she continue her staid, boring life with a stable, but controlling husband, or does she file for divorce? Does she continue to be controlled by the opinions of others or does she decide to think for herself?
The answers to these questions do not come easy for Jordan. She has grown up in a dysfunctional family: an overprotective mother who tries to keep peace in the family at all costs, an alcoholic father who has a hot temper and is verbally abusive, and Cam, her younger brother who becomes a drug addict. Cam refuses to make a stand and face the world. Instead, he and runs away and succumbs to drugs.
Jordan, too, runs away from the life she has always known. She tries unsuccessfully for several months to try to contact Cam. She wants to know if he is safe. So, when her summer break begins, Jordan leaves everything. She divorces her husband, puts her possessions in storage, and heads for San Francisco, the place where she hopes to make contact with Cam.
Cam has moved from the dysfunctional home of his youth to another. Jordan does not understand the free-wheeling lifestyle of Karen, her childhood friend, and her associates, nor does she comprehend her brother’s self-imposed exile from her, their parents, and the child he has fathered. Only after Jordan follows Cam to Nepal does she begin to fully understand her brother and his journey back to a drug-free existence. Jordan, too, has taken a journey, one that opens her mind to the fact that she must “follow her heart” to find true happiness and self-fulfillment.
The bewilderment began to diminish after I started the book, because I actually liked it. I liked it a lot. My wife tells me I was incommunicado the entire time I was reading it. From now on I will be more careful about placing books in categories that I suspect I won't enjoy. There wasn't a lot in it about tigers, but I didn't miss them.
The main character, Jordan O'Malley, is woman honed to toughness by a bout with breast cancer. She sets aside a rather mundane existence to find her brother and jar him back into reality from his worthless existence in an attempt to put her family back together. I'm not going to enumerate the trials she goes through because they form the backbone of Robinson's story. I'll just say that the author does a masterful job of dragging you along for the ride, and I guarantee that you'll be mesmerized. Her adventures are outlandish but totally believable under Robinson's skilful rendering.
Holly Robinson's personal story is the obvious inspiration for the story. She has also survived breast cancer that was diagnosed and treated early and saw it change her outlook on life. She moved to San Francisco from the East, as did O'Malley in the book, trekked around Nepal, and has a couple of brothers that she adores. It seems a natural evolution to come up with a novel that adds risk taking and the welcoming of new relationships to her personal story.
Robinson is an accomplished and talented writer. Her dialogue presentations are immaculate in their lucidity. The way she sets scenes and manipulates the action should inspire other writers to seek that level of skill. Of course they must be willing to work as hard as she does to get it right.
Chick lit? I'm not qualified to define what that is. In my mind this book is just an excellent read. I'm glad I'm so cheap that I went ahead and grabbed the freebie.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
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