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THE PIECES WE KEEP
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Though The Pieces We Keep centers on the unlikely premise of past lives manifesting in a child, its impeccable research into similarly reported accounts and real World War II particulars, and plenty of accurate details, ground the story in reality. Each chapter alternates between a grieving single mother in the present, and a tragic lost-love story during WW II, exploring similar themes of loss and recovery. With nearly every chapter ending on a mini-cliffhanger, readers will have a hard time putting this absorbing book down.
Still grieving two years after her husband’s sudden death, Audra Hughes is desperate to start over with her young son Jack in a new city. The plans are put on hold, though, when Jack’s violent fear of flying suddenly manifests — while the plane is in the air. Soon after, he starts having night terrors and drawing horrific war scenes in school. Audra picks up snippets that seem connected to WW II and works to unravel a mystery in the hope that it’ll help her understand what’s happening to her son. (KENSINGTON, Dec., 464 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Leah Hanson
Published: December 2013