Thursday, December 21, 2017
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
Sing Them Home is a deeply moving portrait of three grown siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother’s mysterious disappearance when they were children.
Everyone in Emlyn Springs, Nebraska, knows the story of Hope Jones, the physician’s wife whose big dreams for their tiny town were lost along with her in the tornado of 1978. For Hope’s three young children, the stability of life with their distant, preoccupied father, and with Viney, their mother’s spitfire best friend, is no match for their mother’s absence.
Larken, the eldest, is an art history professor who seeks in food an answer to a less tangible hunger; Gaelan, the only son, is a telegenic weatherman who devotes his life to predicting the unpredictable and whose profession, and all too much more, depend on his sculpted frame and ready smile; and Bonnie, the baby of the family is a self-proclaimed archivist who combs the roadsides for clues to her mother’s legacy, and permission to move on.
When, decades after their mother’s disappearance, they are summoned home after their father’s sudden death, they are forced to revisit the childhood tragedy at the center of their lives. With breathtaking lyricism, wisdom, and humor, Stephanie Kallos explores the consequences of protecting the ones we love.
Sing Them Home is a magnificent tapestry of lives connected and undone by tragedy, lives poised—unbeknownst to the characters themselves—for redemption.
This is what I say :
I started Sing Them Home on Wednesday and by Sunday afternoon, I completed the novel. As this is part of my marathon reading effort, I started on the next book although it's just for 1 page. hahah...
The synopsis is quite accurate. It's a book on grief and of loss but it's also of healing of the soul. It is not a sad book and the interesting bit comes from the perspective of the mother back when she's alive and when her children were still young. This 'looking back' gave the book much depth that otherwise is a bit lacking if it's just on the children.
I was mistaken in thinking that the book is on a glimpse of life after dead...it wasn't but the way the narration goes, it's quite different (you have to read certain parts as how a person might narrate a play) and it's unique in that way.
This is a good start to my marathon. :)