Saturday, January 11, 2020
The Year We Fell From Space, by Amy Sarig King
While this book could be seen as just another middle grade story about divorce, it's significantly more complicated. Liberty and her father both suffer from depression. Her younger sister and her mother have emotional issues of their own. And, as a result, no one is an entirely reliable narrator. The resulting insightful tale takes a very honest look at the dissolution of marriage and redefinition of family in a way that all ages will understand. Hardly just "adult talk," Liberty observes, each of them (parents and children) have a "quarter share in the divorce."
I really liked this novel. It is a very well-trod topic and hardly one that would seem to need a new treatment, but King has a gentle way of handling what Liberty calls "irrational" behavior as her characters (both children and adult) behave in authentically imperfect ways. And the message that reflection, communication, and (ultimately) forgiveness is crucial for all of us is uplifting.