'"Some people are wired wrong... And sometimes they end up in your family."' (p. 153)
Can people change? That's the question Roz Nay addresses in Hurry Home.
Published by Simon & Schuster
Published in 2020
Alexandra Van Ness and her older sister by five years Ruth grow up in Horizon a farming community in North Dakota.
The summer Alex is eight and Ruth is thirteen they devise a game they call "hurry home"--inspired by games like Capture the Flag.
This childhood game defines the sisters' lives. Alex becomes the protector and Ruth? Well...
The sisters' dad tells Alex: '"You carry on down this road Alex, and you'll be ruined in no time. You're better than that." He turned to look at Ruth momentarily whose face crumpled a little. "You want to end up like your big sister?"' (p. 132)
The sisters' mom tells Ruth: '"You're oblivious, Ruth. You don't see the truth. You've created all the trouble this family has ever known."' (p. 143)
At the time of the story, Alex is 25 and Ruth is 30. The sisters haven't seen each other for ten years. Ruth travels from Pittsburgh to reunite with her sister in Moses River on the west coast of the United States.
Embracing her role as protector, Alex works in Family Services as a child protection worker. Among her clients are the Floyds--Frank and Evelyn and their one-year-old son Buster Kevin. Frank and Evelyn have a record of drug abuse and child neglect leading to death. Alex sees them as unfit parents and will stop at nothing to keep Buster safe. Even if it means fighting the system. But are Frank and Evelyn unfit parents or lacking in resources? Maybe it's all in the way you perceive them.
I had to read the last paragraph in Hurry Home three times to let the truth of what was written sink in. Chilling. Haunting.
On July 22, I had an appointment on Vancouver Island. I left Mayne Island (my island home) with my E-reader but without my charger. Battery depleted, I was in despite need of a book to read on the bus, on the ferry. Hurry Home jumped off the shelf and into my hands. It entertained me right up to the last page which I enjoyed, fittingly, a day after World Book Lover day (August 10). Fittingly because I loved this book.
Online Author Readings this week...
Tuesday, September 29
A romantic relationship fizzles away--when you finally let go and move on.
Friday, October 2
A tale of how two brothers gained their independence.
On this blog in October
Short Story: Larry
A ghost story
Short Story: Leanne Dyck, Blogger (a 3-minute memoir)
To celebrate this blog's tenth anniversary, I take you way back to the beginning.
Book Review: People Like Frank
This newly released (October 17) short story collection seeks to build bridges of understanding with those on the edge of normal
(I think that's me. It could be you.)
Book Review: The Guardians
Traditionally in the last week of October, I treat us to a book from the horror genre. This year's selection will hold you in suspense
Are you following me?