Monday, April 23, 2012

52 Books in 52 Weeks: Book 17 - Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

There’s something about this author’s books that gets right to the heart of human emotion, which is probably why I enjoy them so much. In Night Road, Kristin Hannah explores motherhood and loss in a way that brought me to tears a number of times. 

I related deeply to Jude Farraday, who tried so hard to be the perfect mother and to present a buttoned-up, picture-perfect exterior to the world … until the day she suffered a loss so devastating that she couldn’t do it anymore.

I also identified with Lexi Baill, a confused teen just beginning to discover who she was when her life was changed forever by a bad choice. 

In fact, I empathized with just about all the characters in this book because their personalities were so complex and believable. What I love the most about this author’s books is that there are no clear-cut “bad guys” and “good guys” in them. Just humans trying their best and sometimes failing. Attempting to move forward but often getting stuck. And learning – usually in an agonizingly slow way – what life and love are all about.

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