The Uncommitted (a novel) Paperback – October 15, 2015
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Catholicism plays a central role in the debut novel from Madison author Margaret Goss, but readers need not share her beliefs in order to relate to The Uncommitted -- a surprisingly dark tale of spiritual struggle...Goss boldly blurs the spiritual, the secular and the supernatural -- resulting in a story that, depending on how deep your faith goes, seems eerily real. References to Christ's crucifixion and stigmata may lose some readers, but if they keep reading, the imagery Goss uses to depict her vision of the afterlife will stick with them. - See more at: isthmus.com/arts/books/the-uncommitted-margaret-goss-engrossing-debut/#sthash.R1jHqXKC.dpuf
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In Goss’s novel, Josie, a young woman with supernatural abilities is in a conflict living between her worldly roles of a nurse, devoted wife and mother and the psychic, supernatural powers. She pursues the extra-sensory world to the objection of her Declan, her politically ambitious husband. In the process Josie travels through her own “Inferno” tormented by evil spirits, abandoned by her religious figures and her family and committed to a psychiatric ward. As she struggles with these torments, her brave quest for redemption is both inspirational and heroic.
The “Uncommitted” is well written and its prose reads easily; indeed, the novel can be read in one sitting. Her characters and dialogue is are well developed enough to be real. Its short chapters move on quickly as Goss creates an element of suspense and surprise all throughout the story; the reader does not know what will happen next. Each episode is well conceived leading to an unexpected ending. Written from the main character’s viewpoint, Goss draws the reader into Josie’s, spiritual world. Along with this, Goss also brings to fascinating spiritual idioms such as the existence of saints in various dimension of time and space.
I finished reading "The Uncommitted" with the same satisfaction of reading a classic. If a novel causes me to recall the plot weeks later, it has a major impact on me. The Uncommitted had that type of hold on me and it will on you. A must read!
The book shows, Josie's struggles, and how her faith keeps her safe, and with that faith, she is also able to protect her family.
I can't wait to read her next book.