Told from both third-person about secondary characters and from Jude’s first-person voice, the story has an eerie sense that Jude’s spirit knows all, but only reveals what she knows she waits for the birth of the healthy child growing within her. How she fell from the bluff, who called 911, how she became pregnant, and who fathered the child are the mysteries that drive this tale. Jude is the focus of the whole village, and her fate rests entirely in their hands, while she comes to terms, both physically and metaphysically, with the consequences of her choices. Redemption is the best anyone in this story can hope for through the legal and ethical issues of what will happen to Jude’s body once the child is born.
Well-written and intriguing, it’s too dark for my taste. If you like a light, fun read, this is not for you. But if you want to question your own beliefs about the present life and the afterlife, you should read this.
About the author: Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer’s Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.
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