"We never know how high we are / Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, / Our statures touch the skies." (Emily Dickinson)
Beyond Las Vegas' casinos lies a boomtown where four lives can be brought together by one split-second choice.
In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that 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 one another and reminds us that compassion and charity can rescue us, even in our darkest moment. It is a book that will break your heart and then put it back together.
©2014 Laura McBride (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I am three hours into this book and I have decided that I need to do a much better job choosing what I listen to here on audible. If I had been better at reading between the lines of the reviews here and on amazon I would have seen this sad story coming and been able to avoid such a dire, unhappy tale of suffering.
This book is set in Las Vegas and reminded me of The Goldfinch--the part where they lived in Las Vegas--the main difference is that this story is more depressing and not as well written. Hard to believe--I know. I can't recommend this book --unless for some reason you need to explore despair, betrayal, loss and heart ache through fiction--and really there are better books out there for that.
It was an interesting read, with interesting characters, especially the boy. But it build to a crescendo then ended; suddenly, leaving me with an unsatisfied feeling.
Say something about yourself!
The story was going nowhere. It drug on for hours. I kept thinking it would get better with all of the positive reviews. I finally had to stop listening.
Nothing by this author
Some of the narrators were immigrants, but they had no accent. Very surprising. It just made it seem more unreal.
I didn't have a favorite.
it wasn't good at first. then it got worse. then it was ending and tried to get edgy as hell but failed. if you really think about it, it wouldn't happen. none of this book makes sense.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The description of the raw emotions and the performances of the readers made me feel as if I were in those places and experiencing the despair, helplessness, and hope that takes place.
I read and listen to books. I drink tea. I sleep like a cat and wished I lived in Hawaii.
This book started off so well that I actually thought it was going to better than it was. The first chapter fooled me, it was so juicy and interesting. It was probably the most entertaining start to a book I have read in a while and so I expected more. While the rest of the book was pretty good, maybe more of a 3.5 rounded up, there were parts I found boring. The story is told by 4 narrators: an immigrant boy, a soldier, a housewife and a social worker. I really liked hearing from Avis (housewife) and Bashkim (boy) and I understood the role of Luis (soldier), even though I didn’t enjoy his part as much. Roberta, the social worker, is the narrator I had a problem with. I felt like she wasn’t crucial enough to the story to have her own part. She wasn’t connected enough to any other character and that made me feel like she was an afterthought. Her part could have been relayed through the other characters.
Anyway, the story is about how interconnected we are as human beings. It is also about how being in the right or wrong place at a certain time can drastically change the events of one’s lives and how sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. This story had sadness, but it also showed the good in people and how one person can make a big difference in another person’s life. I wanted to know more in the end. I wanted to know more about what was going to happen to these people, but the story ended to quickly for me. It had a concrete ending, but just not enough details to make me feel like it was complete. Like other reviewers, I found the setting of Las Vegas to be an interesting choice and enjoyed seeing a different side of Vegas, one where people actually live and get by.
Overall, I thought it was a good read/listen. The audio narration in the book was mostly good. 3 of the 4 narrators were easy to listen to. I didn’t enjoy the voice of Madeleine Maby (Roberta’s part), but she wasn’t terrible either.
Literally outstanding.... stands out as one one of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Especially impressive , since it's a debut novel.
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