The Things That Keep Us Here
Delacorte, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
arla Buckley's first novel pacts an emotional wallop. The Ohio writer poses the unsettling question:
How far would you go to protect your family?
nn Brooks is trying to cope with a marriage that is falling apart, but at the same time she wants to protect her two daughters from the unpleasantness of a divorce.
he woman's life becomes even more chaotic when Ann's husband, a university researcher, realizes that the avian flu has reached the U.S.. With one out of four people dying, the situation is totally out of control.
ith their town in lockdown, the couple, their daughters and Peter's beautiful graduate assistant find themselves all sharing the Brooks' home. As food grows scarce and the community members begin battling one another for essential supplies, the household is gripped in a siege mentality. Then a winter storm hits and the area is plunged into darkness.
nn will be forced to make some life-or-death decisions no wife or mother should ever be forced to decide, but she has no choice in this new reality forged by the virulent pandemic.
his agonizing story of a family pushed to the limit by outside forces they have no control over is one you won't soon forget. Carla Buckley's own husband is an environmental scientist and she relied heavily on his expertise in explaining how a pandemic spreads.
rom start to finish you'll be both captivated and possibly also disturbed by this provocative, thought provoking novel.
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