Dear Great Book Guru, This weekend would usually have been Mini Mart Sunday in Sea Cliff but – alas - not to be – a casualty of Covid concerns. However, there are some smaller events planned such as the St Luke’s Fall Fair on Saturday. Before heading over there, I will have time to get started on a good novel - not too long, maybe something about families. Any suggestions? Missing MiniMart
Dear Missing MiniMart, I just finished a book that came out last month - IMMEDIATE FAMILY by Ashley Nelson Levy I think you will find interesting. The unnamed narrator has been asked to give the wedding toast for her brother and this 192-page book is in effect the toast - a long tribute and analysis of their sibling relationship. The brother, Danny Larsen, is the only named character and this is not his original name. Born in Thailand twenty- five years ago, Boon-Nam Prasongsanti was adopted by the Larsens. Our narrator describes the years of anticipation as she and her parents plan for the child’s arrival. He is not the infant they had expected but a three-year-old, malnourished, painfully shy, frightened child who is terrified in his new home. The love that develops between the siblings is beautifully recounted but racism and bullying mar his early years and their repercussions are felt as he reaches adulthood. The family adjusts and readjusts as we see the journey Danny and they have undertaken. The book offers insight into family dynamics and the price everyone, especially Danny, must pay. Recommended!