"" Writer's Wanderings: Books For The Road - Above All Things

Friday, April 09, 2010

Books For The Road - Above All Things

Deb Raney always seems to deal with complicated and emotional problems as she plots out her novels. Above All Things is no exception. A young couple, Evette and Judd, finally become pregnant and just as they are looking forward to welcoming their first child, Judd discovers he already is a father. Of course this complicates life in so many ways as his past catches up with him and he has to take care of his six year old daughter because her mother is critically ill. Add to all the confusion, embarrassment of explaining his daughter to others and his wife’s anger the fact that the child is biracial and you stir in a mess of prejudice to deal with as well.

While I think Raney could have delved a little deeper into the emotional reactions in her story, she does a wonderful job of exploring the different aspects of facing our failures and hidden prejudices. A great story with a good ending. A nice read for the road.

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