In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in hospital with the vague feeling he's done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.
We Are Called to Rise is a story about a child's fate. It is a story about families - the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other while reminding us that compassion and charity can rescue even our darkest moments.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Las Vegas is such a rich setting for fiction (some of the best parts of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch bear this out) No wonder this feel authentic - it's written by an insider who lives beyond the Strip, in the real city on the edge of the desert. In this novel, four lives intersect in a catastrophic minute based on a real life incident. The very best American fiction right now takes its strength from its country's weakness. Here a writer harnesses her humanity to newly arrived immigrants and traumatised returned soldiers wrestling with the broken remnants of the American dream. Each of her characters is sensitively drawn as a pervasive sense of dread signals their collision.
About the Author
Laura McBride is a writer and community college teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. She once thought of herself as an adventurer, having travelled far from home on little more than a whim and a grin, but now laughs at the conventional trappings of her ordinary suburban life. She's been married for twenty-five years to an expat she met in Paris and has two lovely children. A long time ago, she went to Yale. We Are Called to Rise is her first novel.
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st June 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.43