"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.
This book moved me to tears and made me think. Four different characters face personal crises and learn to adjust to the new realities of their lives. Then all their stories converge. Highly recommended.
Love reading, writing, and travel. Retired US Army Chaplain.
Excellent writing as McBride interweaves four seemingly separate lives with all their sorrows, challenges, and triumphs. Title is appropriate given the threads of the story.
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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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.
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Some of the narrators were immigrants, but they had no accent. Very surprising. It just made it seem more unreal.
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