Laura McBrideSimon & Schuster, €15.99;
Review: Sarah Scoffin
We Are Called To Rise is the debut novel by Las Vegas based author, Laura McBride.
It follows the lives of four very different characters as their stories lead up to, and experience the aftermath of, a life-changing incident that ripples through each and every one of them.
McBride writes from the different view points of each of her Las Vegas-based characters: middle-aged Avis, struggling with an imminent divorce and a war-torn son; Bashkim, an eight-year-old Albanian boy with immigrant parents and a strong sense of responsibility; Luis, a troubled soldier suffering from PTSD and a world of other issues; and Roberta, a volunteer caseworker helping the lost and soon-to-be lost children of Las Vegas.
With these characters’ perspectives McBride creates a desperately sad tale that still manages to encapsulate a sense of hope and positivity through the gloom.
An excellent read that will cling to you long after you have closed the book.
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