5.14.2017

just finished reading


From the publisher:
Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds. But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son, or with his ex-wife, who abandoned their shared life years before, or even with his college-bound daughter who has just flown the nest. He’s at the end of a road he’s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun, and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life.

This is a complex story. It's a study of family, friendship, art, and love. But it's more than that. The narrative shifts between present and past, with different points of view--it takes awhile for the threads of the story to weave together, but stick with it because it's a lovely, beautiful book.

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