Saturday, December 14, 2013
By Catherine McKenzie
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012. 448 pgs. Fiction.
After being stranded for months in Africa after a devastating earthquake, Emma Tupper returns to her life in the city, only to discover that everything she had is gone. Believing she was killed in the aftermath, her friends, family, and coworkers have sold all her things and moved on in their lives. Now Emma faces a decision: should she try to return things to how they were or find a new path in life?
This book was fascinating to read and think about how I would react in that kind of situation. McKenzie does a wonderful job highlighting the insecurity Emma feels at finding how ephemeral her life really was and her decision to create a life that is fuller now that she can see a different way to live. Beautifully written and thought-provoking.