Image of Between a Mother and her Child


Image of Between a Mother and her Child

Although Noble’s latest novel gets a bit wordy from time to time, the length is necessary to tell this tale of grief and healing. Every member of this family, not just Maggie (the titular mother), has to come to terms with Jake’s death. Noble handles the subject manner with grace, dignity and heart.

Maggie and Bill have been married for 20 years and have three great children. In December 2004, their whole world is rocked when their oldest son, Jake, is killed in a tsunami off the coast of Thailand. Maggie falls apart and the marriage cannot withstand the pressure, and Bill moves out. The novel moves back and forth between the past and the present, where everyone but Maggie seems to be learning how to live again. It takes the introduction of Kate, a recent widow with her own story, to help the family heal. (BERKLEY, Sep., 448 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel