The Shoebox Bible by Alan BradleyAny book that includes my grandmother must rate five stars out of five, right?
Let me try to be objective for a minute. This memoir concerns a boy whose father abandoned his family (wife, two daughters, son, then two). It was WWII, so King and country offer some extenuating circumstances, but after the war there is no reconciliation. The father makes a single additional appearance. He returns to say he is leaving again.
That man, the father, was my grandmothers brother, Joe.
Spoiler alert. My grandmother makes a brief appearance near the end of the book. She tells the author that his father has sometimes, late at night, called her through the years. No one ever saw him again, but he told his sister that he had wasted his life. My grandmother told Alan not to tell his mother of these calls, and he didnt.
Its Alans mother who is the hero of the book. Its her shoebox bible that is the Bible of the title, and it is stuffed with mementos of her marriage and her loneliness. Her lifelong hope that Joe is going to return is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming.
When I was half-way through the book my brother asked me what I thought. The writing is very good, I said. The drama is understated, though. I had to wrestle some with my expectations. I was waiting for something more operatic, more painful and splitting. But its not that kind of book. Its not filmable, if you know what I mean. The conflict is muted, the sad beauty given prominence.
And what a beautiful book, Alan. Tremendous.
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