Brookfield Reads Book Club
Our discussions take place in our Community Room unless otherwise indicated. Copies of the books for discussion are available at our Checkout Desk for readers registering for the discussion. We welcome new members!
We Are Called To Rise
by Laura McBride
Tuesday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m.
“How might children in crisis be helped if everyone–teachers, social workers, troubled parents, and the courts–worked together for their best interests? This is the big question at the heart of this well-written first novel by McBride, an English teacher in Las Vegas. The author shows us a side of the town that tourists don’t usually see, away from the glitz and glamour. Among the believable cast of characters is Avis, a middle-aged woman who has overcome a lot in her life and whose soldier son has returned from Iraq angry and abusive. The novel centers on Bashkim, the son of Muslim immigrants from Albania ill prepared for American life. (The only small flaw in the narrative is that the boy sometimes sounds too old for his eight years.) In a story line literally taken from newspaper headlines, the troubled immigrant family runs afoul of the police with tragic results. McBride is particularly good at probing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on soldiers in combat and on refugees uprooted from their homes.” ~ Library Journal