Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!
An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love.
Today’s choice is a highly recommended book that was sent to me by Touchstone a couple of months ago. I had read and enjoyed Round Midnight and everyone said We Are Called To Rise was an unforgettable story. Sad, but uplifting.
The first thing that I noticed when I started the book was that, as in Round Midnight, the writing was flawless. I simply love the way Laura McBride gives a different voice to each one of the characters. I don’t think it’ll surprise anyone, but Bashkim was my absolute favorite. He was funny, insightful and lovely. I loved reading about his time at school and his life.
The storyline is based on a real event and I must say it’s quite tragic and devastating. So the book is indeed sad, but at the same time, the message was positive. As for me, I quite liked it, although I wasn’t in love with it as some others. In the end, this is a perfect read for those looking for a good contemporary novel featuring brilliant writing.