“The Bright Forever” is set in a rural Indiana community, and told by various characters whose lives come to be closely linked through the mysterious disappearance of a little girl. Although ostensibly a mystery, “The Bright Forever” is really more about what makes people do what they do, and how one incident can totally reshape a person’s life. The book asks if people have control over their actions, or if those actions are pre-determined by a lifetime of established character and habit.
I thought the mystery story was fairly predictable, but the character development was well done, and overall the author avoided heaviness and treacle while maintaining a solid framework.
Just for fun, I’ll also review some books I got from the library for Hannah. We’re in a stage where Hannah wants to read books all the time, and frankly, we’re getting kind of tired of the books we have now, although I like to challenge myself to recite the entire text of her favorites while we read them. I’m really stellar at reciting “The Big Red Barn,” which may come in handy as a party trick sometime. “By the big red barn, in the great green field, there was a pink pig that was learning to squeal…”
But I digress. One of the books we checked out that we really like is “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” This book is funny and is supposed to help kids have better table manners. The illustrations are also great, and I think most kids would like it, especially if they are into dinosaurs.
As an aside, my all time favorite kids manners books are “The Muppet Guide to Magnificent Manners” because it’s hilarious, and also “White Gloves and Party Manners” because although it’s dated, it’s comprehensive and good for little girls.
Another book we checked out and enjoyed is “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.” It’s funnier when you do the pirate voices in pirate accents. Josh and I are both gifted in speaking like pirates, and that comes in handy. Well, handy when you’re reading a book about pirates, that is. Apparently there is a series of books about the little pirate boy by this author, so we will probably check the rest out too.
Also Completed (at some point over the past three weeks or so):
1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy
1 Chronicles, Psalms, Matthew, Titus
“Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro
“By the Banks of Plum Creek” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (to Hannah)
“Training Hearts, Teaching Minds” by Starr Meade (as a family)