We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride
“We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statues touch the skies” --- Emily Dickinson. I read this book a few years back and was profoundly impacted by the story that it told. I love when books are inspired by true events and that is the case with Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise. In her author’s note she says “now that the book is publishing I am left thinking about the event that first inspired me. I met the real mother once. She sold me an ice-cream treat while my son played baseball. It was a cool, October night; she had almost no customers. She told me she had to keep working because she needed the money. She told me she had a son about my son’s age. I’d like to say to the real people involved in the story: I remember. I remember the worst moment of your life. I remember its utter unacceptability, it’s utter finality, it’s utter inaneness. I remember it. I honor it. I wish you peace.”
This book is just as relevant today, perhaps even more so given the current political climate, as it was in 2014. Emotionally charged, heart breaking and beautifully written, this book is one of my top 5 favorite books ever written. If you have not read it, add it to your TBR list. You will not be disappointed.
Good Reads Synopsis: Far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, three lives collide in a split-second mistake and a child’s fate hangs in the balance.
Avis thought her marriage had hit a temporary rut. But with a single confession in the middle of the night, her carefully constructed life comes undone. After escaping a tumultuous childhood and raising a son, she now faces a future without the security of the home and family she has spent decades building.
Luis only wants to make the grandmother who raised him proud. As a soldier, he was on his way to being the man she taught him to be until he woke up in Walter Reed Hospital with vague and troubling memories of how he got there. Now he must find a new way to live a life of honor.
Every day, young Bashkim looks forward to the quiet order of school and the kind instruction of his third grade teacher. His family relocated to Las Vegas after fleeing political persecution in their homeland. Now their ice cream truck provides just enough extra income to keep them afloat. With his family under constant stress, Bashkim opens his heart to his pen pal, a US soldier.
When these lives come together in a single, shocking moment, each character is called upon to rise.