What to Read: Book Reviews From Real Simple Readers
Reviewer: Angela Livengood; age 30; single; Plano, Texas.
Angela’s assessment: This new novel from A. M. Homes centers on Harold Silver, a scholar and a loner, who must turn his life upside down to care for his niece and nephew after his wayward brother makes a terrible mistake. Yet through this calamity, Harold awakens to the beauty of the people around him. In telling the story of the Silver family—their shocking failures and their subsequent transformations—Homes illuminates universal truths of human nature. The novel is about the desire for community, the tendency to hurt those we need the most, and the desperate search for meaning and fulfillment. Anyone who has experienced the extreme highs and lows of family life will empathize with Harold’s journey in this book.
To buy: $28, amazon.com.