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Complex, Compelling, and Creative
on November 24, 2012
This is a beautifully written, thoughtful and compelling novel about the complexities of human connection, the nature of forgiveness and love vs. what constitues justice. The author asks readers to constantly synthesize an ever shifting landscape of narratives that are painful, provocative, surprising and perplexing, and force us to question our assumptive worlds. Just when one has rendered "judgment" on a character, the story deepens, and the character becomes more textured- and one's biases have to be interrogated yet again. No human being is one dimensional; we all have histories and life stories that constitute who we are and the choices we make. We live by making choices, and the perspectives that inform our decisions result in attendant consequences that impact others' lives as well. Who carries blame? Who is exhonerated? Who merits compassion and who deserves punishment? In essence, we all deserve all of these things by virtue of our humanity- but this is a reductive answer to some very eternal questions. This book is a philosophical, relational, and spiritual helix. I could not put it down. I highly recommend it.