Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick
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Cameron has a lot of growing up to do, having never held a job that he wasn't fired from, having never learned to pick up his own socks, and having never been someone anyone could rely on. My consolation prize, stimulating dialogue with a savvy buddy-reader, more than makes up for this The Lincoln Highway: In 1950s America, Emmett Watson is released from a work farm after a year in prison.
Not much, until a friendship develops following a daring tank rescue, and Marcellus McSquiddles happily uses all eight of his tentacles, his three hearts, plus his sharp brain, to solve the soul-scarring mystery of Tova’s son Erik’s disappearance thirty years ago. This story is about Tova, a recent widow, who mourns the loss of her son and the future he’ll never have.Truly original and touching, Remarkably Bright Creatures is a story of family, community, and optimism in spite of darkness. Cameron has no idea who is father is, and there is a persistent heartache and resentment for both these losses. A photo of his mother and a Sowell Bay class ring convince him that his absent father is Seattle real estate developer Simon Brinks.
And so it kind of surprised me when I got to the end of this book and was like, “Oh, this is really heartwarming. Also there were a lot of things in this debut novel that didn't ring true for the modern era and seemed to take up a lot of time just to add drama.What would be your suggestion for a Puget Sound-area beach where people could read this book this summer?