This week we look at a tale of a prodigal child running from the guilt of what she did years ago = and having to come home and confront it once and for all. This week we are looking at The Road She Left Behind by Christine Nolfi.
I do confessionals here, right? Kinda in the very tagline I use on this place? Here’s one: This book hit home because yet again I find an author writing a book that has main elements that speak directly to my life. In this particular case, Darcy has never been home since one fateful day 8 yrs ago and the guilt she has over it. In my own case, I’ve never lived within 100 miles of my home town as an adult, and while my own tale isn’t as tragic as Darcy’s, there was enough similarity there to be very thought provoking. (To be clear, the dynamics of Darcy’s family are nothing at all like my own.)
Overall an objectively excellent book, full of drama and just enough humor to lighten the mood a bit at key times. Very much a recommended read.
And as always, the Goodreads/ Amazon review:
Real. Raw. Thought Provoking. This is a tale of secrets destroying lives – and the redemptive power of seeing people as they truly are. The backstories are tragic and understandable in a very real way. The actual story of the book even moreso. Maybe not a beach read unless you want to get sunburned – once you get in to the meat of the story, you’re not going to want to put it down long enough to apply sun screen or even leave the room if at all possible. Very much recommended.