... with apologies to those who do so well, I'm compelled to attempt a book review!
After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school.
But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.
And this very unusual bear will change Charlie’s life forever.
I wholeheartedly agree with one reviewer's words: ".... a page-turning, insightful look at how faith, trust and unconditional love can heal a broken family and bridge the gaps that divide us."
Personally? Were I not a fan of W. Bruce Cameron's previous book, I might not have given Emory's Gift any consideration.
Unfortunate, perhaps. Yet, when selecting a book (i.e., friend) I'm nervous to venture outside my comfort zone.
Adolescent social misfit? Ya. But I've never been a lonely 13-year-old boy ... nor inclined to the fastastical. How could I possibly relate?
Well, it's been a long time since a work of fiction has touched my heart in this manner. After the final page, my mind just wouldn't let go.... like trying to come fully awake from a night filled with vivid, bittersweet dreams.
The narrator allows that folks sometimes ask, "Did it really happen?"
... and I'm reminded of J.M. Barrie's sweet line from Peter Pan, "If you believe, clap your hands!"
Yes. I'm clapping!
(P.S. - If you've read this wonderful book, I'd love to hear your impressions!)