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We Are Called to Rise | [Laura McBride]

We Are Called to Rise

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

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    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 01-06-15
    ROBIN SODDY DAISY, TN, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra New York, NY, United States 07-25-14
    Debra New York, NY, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    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.

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    Rev.Dr.Eva 07-22-14
    Rev.Dr.Eva 07-22-14

    Love reading, writing, and travel. Retired US Army Chaplain.

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    "Reviting!"
    What made the experience of listening to We Are Called to Rise the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several


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    Highly recommend

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 05-24-15
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 05-24-15 Member Since 2012

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    This was a wonderful listen, contemporary fiction at it's best. The story is told by 4 different narrators, whose lives do not seem to be connected at first.As the book progresses, the events connect the characters. A 53 years old woman goes through a break down of her marriage while trying to find meaning in her life, a soldier alive after a botched suicide attempt, an Albanian refugee's child, and the child's CASA advocate. The story is gripping, raw, honest, believable. I cried as some of the events unfolded. Amazing and powerful book, loved it!

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    sparrowhawk 02-05-15
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    Loved this book! Well written story about life that makes you feel connected to the characters and to life itself.

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    Cyd 05-26-15
    Cyd 05-26-15

    Cyd

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    "Wow! Lots to think about."

    There is much to think about & talk about as a result of listening to this novel - PTSD, immigrant lives in America, the poor, the foster care system, and more. Excellent reading by the narrator & excellent story. Don't miss this one.

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    P. Fowler Alberta 04-26-15
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    I loved every chapter as the writer captured every character so well. I've visited Las Vegas as a tourist and wondered what it would be like to be a local in such an unusual City. The writer captured another side of life there.

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    "Beautifully written & narrated. Standing ovation!"

    A story that captivated me as much for its writing as it did by the story-telling narrators. Amazing performances. Truly memorable. I will search for these narrators in the future. I did not want this book to end. Bravo to Laura McBride and the cast.

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    Lucille Zimmerman Colorado 04-13-15
    Lucille Zimmerman Colorado 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    Several narrators so easy to tell characters apart.
    This could be the perfect book.
    Interesting story, compelling characters. Redemptive!
    Sad I'm finished with it.








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    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 03-31-15
    katherine friendswood, TX, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2010
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    I read reviews before I chose this book and now I am surprised by the bad ones. I enjoyed every minute!

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