Sarah Layden's given us a true gift in Trip Through Your Wires - a debut novel with all the mastery and compassion of a seasoned novelist. In this book we probe the weight of the past alongside Carey Halpern, a fantastically depressed young woman stumbling toward her thirties. Through alternating past and present chapters we see her youthful exuberance for life through a college exchange program for study in Mexico and a blossoming love with Ben, an elusive and creative man she followed there. It stands in stark contrast against the present Carey, crippled by sorrow and struggling to grieve for the love she lost.
This is so much more than a typical romance (though the book is romantic.) Trip Through Your Wires oozes a thoughtful melancholy as it probes the weight of the past and regret, and the pain that memories of joy can be. Ultimately it's a triumphant book, filled with revelations of the human spirit and love, and the potential happiness life holds. I finished this a few days ago and the story keeps turning in my mind. I cannot wait to see what Sarah Layden does next.