Saturday, May 9, 2015

Book Review Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce

Ten years after 9/11 a family comes to terms with losing their loved one, an early responding fire fighter.  We're heartbroken early as the novel begins with Bobby's mother and the void that his death, her youngest son, left.  We then hear from his widow, Tina, who might finally begin to love again.  And then the author moves on.

The family is working class, in Staten Island, though one brother has prospered while the third never seems to have moved past his brother's death.  We get to know each family member but also their world.

Each page is rich in time and place, making this book very atmospheric.  This book is one that slowly seduced me, drawing me further into the family and how they had each individually coped.  So worth a read!

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