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We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
  

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Four different voices relate this remarkable tale; a woman whose marriage is disintegrating, an eight-year old immigrant boy, a woman working with troubled teenagers and a soldier recently returned from his third tour in Iraq. There is a big cast of supporting characters and when it all links the effect is devastating. The trauma of war runs throughout the book, powerful and horribly present, there is much sadness but in the end goodness conquers although mental wounds can never be completely healed. Written with clarity, depth and feeling, it is an impressive, excellent first novel, highly recommended.

If you like Laura McBride you might also like to read books by John le Carre, Henry Porter and Charles McCarthy.

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We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in hospital with the vague feeling he's done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise. We Are Called to Rise is a story about a child's fate. It is a story about families - the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other while reminding us that compassion and charity can rescue even our darkest moments.

About the Author

Laura McBride is a writer and community college teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. She once thought of herself as an adventurer, having travelled far from home on little more than a whim and a grin, but now laughs at the conventional trappings of her ordinary suburban life. She's been married for twenty-five years to an expat she met in Paris and has two lovely children. A long time ago, she went to Yale. We Are Called to Rise is her first novel.

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Publication date

1st June 2014

Author

Laura McBride

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Author's Website

lauramcbrideauthor.com/

Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471132575

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