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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

An accessible, beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly topical novel about PTSI and the unseen effects of global conflict on ordinary lives. Beyond the bright lights and casinos lies the real Las Vegas, a forces town. In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across the city, Bashkim, the young son of an immigrant family, observes how they are struggling to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away on the other side of the United States, a soldier, recently returned from active service in Iraq, wakes up in hospital with the feeling he's done something awful. In Laura McBride's heartbreaking and authentic novel, these disparate lives are brought together by one split-second choice; this is a story about families, the ones we are born to and the ones we choose to make. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

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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Book Info

Publication date

23rd April 2015

Author

Laura McBride

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471132599

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