This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
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After his older brother is killed, David turns to anger and his parents to religion, but just as David's life is beginning to make sense again his parents press him and his sister to join them in cutting worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, when the faithful will be whisked off to heaven.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon Pulse, 2014.
Edition: First Simon Pulse hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781442439481
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 05, 2014

I've never read anything quite like this book. I'll be honest. It had a lot more religion in it than I expected. But it's not a story *about* religion. This is a story about a boy (and his family) struggling to deal with the aftermath of his older brother's death in Afghanistan. I've been there - I've felt grief like that. The kind of grief that makes you feel like the world is wrong somehow and you can't fathom how everyone else can't feel how *wrong* it all is. Yes, religion plays a huge role in this book, but most of all it's a remarkable story about love and loss and family and friendships and first loves.

Like all Jeri Smith-Ready's other books, the writing is beautiful and her characters are believable. That's one of the things I love best about her writing. This is Ms. Smith-Ready's first foray into the contemporary world and I hope it's not her last.


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