Friday, August 27, 2010
Come Sunday: Book Review and Giveaway
About The Book:
Abbe is a restless young mother living on the outskirts of Honolulu with her husband, Greg, the pastor at a small church. Their lives are suddenly riven by tragedy when their three-year-old daughter, Cleo, is struck and killed by car. As Greg turns to God and community for comfort, Abbe turns inward and reflects upon her own troubled past. Isla Morley brilliantly weaves the story of Abbe’s grief with a gripping tale of her tempestuous childhood in apartheid South Africa---and how Abbe’s father, a villainous drunk, held her family hostage for decades with his rage, until they finally began to plot their escape from him. Come Sunday is a spellbinding drama about a woman breaking free of her grief and of her past, and what it takes to revive hope when all seems lost.
Read an excerpt of Come Sunday by Isla Morley online here.
Click here for a PDF of the Reading Group Guide for Come Sunday.
About The Author:
Isla Morley grew up in South Africa during apartheid. During the country’s State of Emergency, she graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth with a degree in English literature. By 1994 she was one of the youngest magazine editors in South Africa, but she left career, country, and kin when she married an American and moved to the United States. For more than a decade she pursued a career in nonprofit work, focusing on the needs of women and children. Now in the Los Angeles area, she shares a home with her husband, their daughter, two cats, a dog, and a tortoise.
Never has a debut novel touched me like Come Sunday has. This was a spectacular tale of tragedy and redemption, of hope and sorrow, and the journey of one woman as she deals with the death of her only child.
The quality of the writing and the vulnerability of the characters resonated off each page as I read, and through tears at times, I felt the pain that the main character, Abbe goes through. As a mom, I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child, but as I read Come Sunday, I felt like I was Abbe. Ms. Morley's writing was exquisite! A journey of pain, redemption, forgiveness of others and self, and the realization that through pain comes joy, grace, mercy and life reinvention. This would be a fantastic book for a book club, and I have already recommended it to several friends and family!
I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up!
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Macmillan/Picador, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***