A wonderful opportunity to read an amazingly touching book presented itself a little while ago.
Our Love Could Light the World by Anne Leigh Parrish is by no means an ordinary novel. In fact, it’s a novel in stories, and as such is a trendy phenomenon in the book world. Each story tells about practically same events with a little personal twist, sometimes going a bit into the past, sometimes fast forwarding into the future. Stories read well, read quickly, and fascinate with their seeming simplicity – simple they are only on the surface. You can expect a breathtaking ride into the human heart.
The actuality of the theme is ever so apparent – the novel revolves around a dysfunctional family that is falling apart over a mother’s career and a father’s depression, and children who need constant care and attention. These are people whose struggles many of us can recognize and relate to. Anne Leigh Parrish made it her task to explore human relationships during an unfolding crisis. We’ve been there, or we know someone who’s been there, and that’s what makes this book such a slice. It’s like reading the story about people next door. But do we really know our neighbors? And do we actually love them, humanely, sincerely, supportively, or do we want to look away when they are in trouble because we don’t want to get our hands dirty?
See, this is what Our Love Could Light the World is about – the village, the community, the relationships between the people in the community, their interaction. And then Anne Leigh digs deeper. She wants to show us people’s motives, people’s inner dialogue, people’s dreams and what comes out of those dreams, a road to maturity, a road to sanity, a road to personal freedom, if such a thing exists….
If you think this is all too gloomy, think again. Anne Leigh Parrish dares you to think with her, on every page, speculating as to what kind of an ending this book will have. Heck, living and sympathizing with the characters. And thinking. Because, it could be anyone. And perhaps even yourself.
Not wanting to raise a spoiler alert, I’d refrain from details of the plot any further, but suffices to say you won’t be able to put this book down until you’ve followed through to the very last letter. And you can definitely expect light in the end.
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