"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.
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.
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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.
Like a lifetime movie. Dnf. Boring and tedious. Not sure if narrator skewed my perspective with some of the characters. Could be better not audio.
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 loved the book. It was well written and captivating from the very beginning. The characters were well developed. I loved the book so much but was very disappointed by the ending. It was a week ending for such a wonderful book.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
This story was engaging on every level. Satisfying, moving, well read, and ultimately hopeful. Definitely worth purchasing.
The perspective of the 3 main characters was well developed. I liked the chapter separation that were well woven together. Like real life it was messy & in the end it wasn't neatly wrapped up. Heart wrenching all around, but a well written story makes you feel empathy for the characters.
Now I need to read an uplifting story.
BTW - I live in Henderson where this tragedy occurred & remember it with outrage. It didn't have to happen. It seemed that lack of patience on the part of the police to diffuse the situation & the family's language that deteriorated with their excitement played a bigger role than in the book. And of course, there was never anything in the local news about possible PTSD problems with the shooting officer, if in fact that was the case.
A good read that explores several timely topics without getting tangled in the Jahid quagmire.
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