This novel was recommended as “a novel that comforts,” and it certainly lives up to that. The Chicago author, with a reputation as a short story writer, tries his hand with his debut novel. I love “collecting” debut novels and was able to find this 2009 publication at 1/2 Price Books.
Any author who selects his idea/title from the beginning of a Walt Whitman poem already earns an “excellent” rating as far as I’m concerned.
And then, the “read” itself…mystery,real love, trying times, and the quest/journey to find the cradle are handled well. What “happens” in the novel is unpredictable and avoids being “formulaic.” The author keeps his reader turning the pages with expectation and curiosity to see what happens next. Secrets are revealed, interesting people make appearances, and “connections” and serendipity abound. It is a good “read.”
I give the novel a 4 1/2 out of 5 for its ingenuity and the way the reader feels when she finishes it.