Many thanks to #Net Galley and #Scribner to allow me to review this beautiful story. 5 STARS
The publisher’s plot summary for this book is “A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship (and love) between their children (Peter and Kate), a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.” To be honest, it will be difficult for me to describe it better than that, other to add poignant as one of the descriptive terms.
The story deals with the issues of abandonment, mental illness, loyalty, alcoholism, forgiveness, strength from adversity, the poverty of happiness, and above all what it means to love your spouse and your family.
There were times when reading about the years and events that followed the tragedy, that I felt a tension… like something would set the main characters off in another bizarre turn of events. But as the characters matured over the years, they began looking at the events through different eyes. One of my favorite quotes is from Peter’s uncle George who wisely says: “The thing is, Peter, grown-ups don’t what they’re doing any better than kids do. That’s the truth.” And Kate’s thoughts after Peter’s return from the hospital “What used to be fluent between them felt incomprehensible now, far more difficult to translate. But things were meant to change, Peter said. Because life changes and people change. As long as we change together, we’re okay. “