For those not familiar with this special event, 30 Authors in 30 Days is a first of its kind event aimed at connecting readers, bloggers, and authors. Hosted by The Book Wheel, this month-long event takes place during September and features 30 authors discussing their favorite recent reads on 30 different blogs. There are also some great prizes provided by GoneReading.com and BookJigs. For the full schedule of participating authors and bloggers, visit The Book Wheel.
Now, without further ado, let us all give Eleanor Brown a warm welcome today as she shares one of her recent favorite reads.
Author Eleanor Brown
on We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
When Laura McBride’s editor asked me to read We Are Called to Rise, I was on deadline, so I promised that while I’d get to it if I could, it wouldn’t be any time soon.
It arrived and as I walked to put it in my To Be Read pile, which some days feels like a To Be Read mountain, I opened it to read the first few pages.
This, as it turns out, was a mistake.
Instead of reading a few pages before getting back to what I was supposed to be doing, I read the whole thing. I couldn’t stop. I had to know what happened to these characters, broken and so human they nearly vibrate off the page.
As a writer, I couldn’t help but be amazed by how Laura McBride created four vivid first-person narrators. And as a reader, I fell in love with each one:
Avis, who is watching her marriage, her idea of herself, and her grown son all fall apart at the same time.
Sgt. Luis Reyes, whose experience serving in Afghanistan has left him angry, grieving, and lost.
Roberta, who carries years of stories from her work with runaways and the foster system.
Heartbreakingly sweet Bashkim, the earnest, loving child of a troubled immigrant family struggling to survive their painful past and difficult present.
Last year I went to Las Vegas for the first time, and like many visitors, I never ventured beyond the Strip. Vegas has branded itself so well as a playground that it’s easy to forget there’s anything beyond the gambling, the shows, and the endless parade of hucksters lining the sidewalks.
But no one lives in that Las Vegas. It’s not real. The folks who work there leave at the end of the day and go to normal homes in normal neighborhoods. They do the grocery shopping and go to church and fall in and out of love and exercise and raise their children and have their oil changed.
This is the world of Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise. The story she tells could only happen in Vegas, that particular collision of values and cultures, the city built on tidal waves of boom. And yet it could happen anywhere.
It’s a hard novel to read at times. Any story that tells the truth is. But it’s also a tremendously hopeful story: about how we get lost and the ways we find ourselves again, and our incredible ability to give and heal when we are called to rise.
For more information on Laura McBride and her novel, We Are Called to Rise:
- Author site: http://lauramcbrideauthor.com
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/We-Are-Called-Rise-Novel/dp/1476738963
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/we-are-called-to-rise-laura-mcbride/1116555659?ean=9781476738963
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18271235-we-are-called-to-rise
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearecalledtorise
- Twitter: @lmcbrideAuthor
- Author site: http://www.eleanor-brown.com
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Sisters-Eleanor-Brown/dp/0425244148
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weird-sisters-eleanor-brown/1100256411?ean=9780425244142
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/571131.Eleanor_Brown?from_search=true
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eleanorbrownwriter
- Twitter: @eleanorwrites
Thank you so much to the fabulous Eleanor Brown for the recommendation of We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. I think I need to get my hands on this book and read it right away! And, another thank you to Allison of The Book Wheel for organizing and hosting this fabulous event. Last, but not least, thank you to all those participating in and following along for 30 Authors in 30 Days. Be sure to check out the links listed above for more information on the authors and their books.
I leave you with a special giveaway in honor of the event. Scroll on down and complete the giveaway form to enter. If you cannot view the form below, you can also enter here.