The Book Of Life by Stuart Nadler
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books; (September 1, 2011)
Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. And in the book’s daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays.
Written in clear, crystalline prose, The Book of Life comprises seven stunning tales about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption that signal the arrival of a bold and exciting new writer.
I love short stories and this book is now one of my favorites. The author lets you inside the hearts and minds of the characters and gives you a surprise here and there. My favorite short was the first one which the book was named after, “The Book Of Life”. I loved the ending, it totally surprised me.
The other stories were:
Winter on the Sawtooth
The Moon Landing
Catherine and Henry
Our Portion, Our Rock
Beyond Any Blessing
The book is a quick read at 235 pages(the other pages are the RGG etc) but it seems even quicker due to the different stories.
I enjoyed this book very much, even though some of the endings were not wrapped up like I wanted. I will be looking for more from this author.