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We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise Your heart will break then soar Redbook when far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip three lives collide in a split second mistake and a child s fate hangs in the balance Avis thought her marria

  • Title: We Are Called to Rise
  • Author: LauraMcBride
  • ISBN: 9781476738970
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Your heart will break then soar Redbook when, far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, three lives collide in a split second mistake and a child s fate hangs in the balance.Avis thought her marriage had hit a temporary rut But with a single confession in the middle of the night, her carefully constructed life comes undone After escaping a tumultuous childhood and Your heart will break then soar Redbook when, far from the neon lights of the Vegas strip, three lives collide in a split second mistake and a child s fate hangs in the balance.Avis thought her marriage had hit a temporary rut But with a single confession in the middle of the night, her carefully constructed life comes undone After escaping a tumultuous childhood and raising a son, she now faces a future without the security of the home and family she has spent decades building.Luis only wants to make the grandmother who raised him proud As a soldier, he was on his way to being the man she taught him to be until he woke up in Walter Reed Hospital with vague and troubling memories of how he got there Now he must find a new way to live a life of honor.Every day, young Bashkim looks forward to the quiet order of school and the kind instruction of his third grade teacher His family relocated to Las Vegas after fleeing political persecution in their homeland Now their ice cream truck provides just enough extra income to keep them afloat With his family under constant stress, Bashkim opens his heart to his pen pal, a US soldier.When these lives come together in a single, shocking moment, each character is called upon to rise You ll be thinking about these characters long after you finish this haunting, heart wrenching, and hopeful book Houston Chronicle.

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    1. karen on said:

      this one is also more of a 3.5. for me. i think it is very well-written and well-developed, and i know it is going to appeal to a broad range of folks, but my personal disposition is a little too cynical and cranky for its general tone. it's one of those multi-perspective novels where disparate people's lives intertwine and converge unexpectedly when horrible things happen. which i love. it's about all the small things that make up a life - the tiny moments that seem insignificant, but can have [...]

    2. Angela M on said:

      I am amazed that this is a debut novel . The writing drew me in from the first page and then the descriptions , especially of Las Vegas life just blew me away . The story and characters are so skillfully drawn you would have thought that Laura McBride had been doing this for years . I was hesitant at first to write this because I'm not sure I can accurately express what an emotional read this was for me . It was just so damned sad ! Call me milk toast or whatever you want. I was so taken by this [...]

    3. Dem on said:

      . 4.5 Stars I had a hard time parting company with the characters in this novel and think they will stay with me a long time.We are called to rise is a wonderful thought provoking novel with amazing characters and and a great setting.I have to be honest and say if I had passed this novel in the book shop I would never have picked it up and that is down to the cover of the book. But I would have missed out on a wonderful story if it hadn't been for a few reviews of my Good read friends.This book [...]

    4. Camie on said:

      "We never know how high we areTill we are called to rise;And then , if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies"Emily Dickinson"With this novel, Laura McBride dismantles the American Dream. Set in Las Vegas, our most opulent nowhere , a long- running marriage collapses in a single moment. A boy's family crumbles in a clash of culture. Soldiers return from bad wars detonated~the pins pulled on their fragile minds. Still , they must all somehow move forward from these losses, into futures [...]

    5. Debbie on said:

      They may be Called to Rise, but I am Called to Complain. I’m the victim of a bait and switch! I got sucked into a story that immediately made me rub my hands in glee. Ah, this one is going to be juicy! This is a perfect chapter! A woman named Avis starts telling her story: she does something provocative, then finds a menacing piece of surprise, and then is delivered shocking news from someone she loves. (Forgive me for being vague, but I don’t want to give any spoilers.)I’m poised and read [...]

    6. Elyse on said:

      BASHKIM and LUIS ROCK!!!!!AVIS and ROBERTAt so much!!!!I strongly liked the men in this book more than the females. Yet liking the characters or not does not factor in my 'overall' rating.Roberta's character was minor .d one dimensional.( the children's court appointed special advocate), she was basically like a reporter( flat personality - yet her role served a purpose). Avis was often a grating character. I wanted to feel more compassion toward her --but her personality or style made it very d [...]

    7. Jen on said:

      An emotionally charged novel. A woman whose 29 year old marriage dissolves and whose adult son is troubled; a soldier who returns from war, battered and bruised both physically and emotionally; an immigrant 8 year old boy and family whose lives are thrown into tragedy due to cultural differences. At the core of each story is despair and sadness. These characters are called to rise: to move forward in their deepest, darkest moments; to repair, recover and redeem themselves. It's a story about hea [...]

    8. Carol on said:

      With the bright lights and intense heat of a Las Vegas setting, this story intertwines the lives of a wife and mother trying to save her marriage after a tragic loss, two soldiers each struggling to overcome the horrors of war, and one remarkable and brave little Albanian boy.e heart of the story.sperately trying to save his family.While the ending kind of thru me for a loop, truly enjoyed this touching debut novel and look forward to future offerings from this new author.Update: May 4, 2015Met [...]

    9. Diane S ☔ on said:

      The opening scene in this novel was humorous, sad but humorous as well. I could really picture this happening, it was so realistic and vivid. Than everything got serious, pretty quickly. The novel is narrated by four different characters, the youngest named Bashkim is eight. He quickly stole my heart, so wise for his years, always thinking and loving his little sister and his Nene. Avis, the character in the opening scene, proves to be a very strong person. I quite admired her. All these people [...]

    10. Cathrine ☯️ on said:

      My reviews are based on how a book can entertain, educate, amuse, move and inspire me, rather than how flawlessly, or not, it is written. You know when out of all the people you meet, that one special person comes along and you just know that you get one another? If the circumstances allow, you will be very good friends for a long time? That’s how I feel about this book. There are many excellent reviews that will give you more info than what I write. I will say that stories like this are my ul [...]

    11. Britany on said:

      What a powerful book. I'm left feeling raw and holding onto the sliver of hope that the book has instilled in my heart. I wish I would've read this book at another time in my life, because I feel that it would have impacted me more than it already did. I look forward to a re-read down the road. Tough subject matter relating to PTSD suffered by soldiers fighting in Iraq. The book all the way around is depressing and filled with horrifying and tragic events. Still the author brilliantly sews the s [...]

    12. ☮Karen on said:

      Damaged people with damaged lives living in Sin City, trying to make sense of it all. Covering many major issues, this book packs a wallop. The war in Iraq: Two young men, traumatized by what they've seen there and then coming back trying to assimilate into some semblance of normal. Will that be possible? PTSD. Child and spousal abuse. Guns. The foster care system. The loneliness and confusion of being an immigrant in America. Not a happy book -- at all -- but very important issues are brought t [...]

    13. Connie on said:

      Heartbreaking events, broken lives, and hope are what Laura McBride gives the reader in her first novel, "We Are Called to Rise". This story is told from the perspective of four characters who are strangers, with Las Vegas being the only common tie until events join them all together. Each of these characters, Avis, Luis, Bashkim and Roberta are struggling with their own lives, some just barely getting through the day. Each of them are weighted down with a hopelessnessof wondering if they matter [...]

    14. Carol [Goodreads Addict] on said:

      We never know how high we areTill we are called to rise;And then, if we are true to plan,Our statures touch the skies— - Emily DickinsonWe Are Called To Rise is by Laura McBride. I would have never chosen this book on my own. It is completely out of my usual genre. So I am very thankful to my friend Becky who sent me this book. I will remember these characters for a long time. We Are Called To Rise is about several characters, all from different walks of life, all living in Las Vegas, and all [...]

    15. Crystal Craig on said:

      This book is a perfect example why needs to have half stars. I feel three stars is too low, and when I compare We Are Called to Rise with other books I've given 4 stars, it just doesn't measure up. It took me a long time to get into this story. I wasn't a fan of Avis. I just didn't find her likeable. Having said that, I soon found myself completely engrossed by young narrator, Bashkim. What a great character. At the heart of it all, this is a great story, and well-worth the read, however, becau [...]

    16. Amber on said:

      This was more of a 3.5, but good enough to be rounded up to a 4.This book started off so well that I actually thought it was going to better than it was. The first chapter fooled me, it was so juicy and interesting. It was probably the most entertaining start to a book I have read in a while and so I expected more. While the rest of the book was pretty good, maybe more of a 3.5 rounded up, there were parts I found boring. The story is told by 4 narrators: an immigrant boy, a soldier, a housewife [...]

    17. Lynn G. on said:

      " 'But if, sometimes, an unspeakable horror arises from the smallest error, I choose to believe that it's possible for an equally unimaginable grandeur to grow from the tiniest gesture of love. I choose to believe that it works both ways. That great terror is the result of a thousand small but evil choices, and great good is the outcome of another thousand tiny acts of care.'", page 301 We Are Called to Rise. This passage sums up what I feel is the main message of this book. In order to surmount [...]

    18. Tania on said:

      I'd rather life knowing I made a mistake than wondering if I could have made a difference if I'd tried.4.5 stars. What a beautiful story. The writing is filled with emotion, but not sentimental or soppy. This is a book about real life and difficult decisions, and how no person is only good or only bad. I became invested in all the (very diverse) characters lives, but I especially felt for Ava. The only reason I deducted half a star is because it felt like her story was left too open-ended. It wa [...]

    19. ❀Julie on said:

      I loved this story and thought it was interesting being told from the perspective of four diverse characters, and how their lives converged.  While I found all the perspectives engaging, I enjoyed Bashkim’s and Avis’s the most. My heart broke for Bashkim and my heart went out to Avis for the circumstances she had faced.  So much of the story seemed real and after reading the author’s note at the end of the book it made me appreciate the story even more.  While it was sad, it was not “ [...]

    20. Melanie on said:

      3.5 stars. Good book but sad story. I didn't cry outright but did get teary. The issues covered are very current and IMO this would make for good discussions in a book club. The ending?

    21. Iris P on said:

      We Are Called to RiseThe Author a Las Vegas native, is a community college teacher in Nevada. We Are Called to Rise is her first novel.Even though I've never been in Vegas I realize it's like no other place on Earth. Building a city in the middle of a desert under some of the harshest natural conditions has always been given as an example of the power and determination of the human spirit. Some of my favorites stories are the ones where a city or landscape becomes part of the narrative and on We [...]

    22. Matthew on said:

      A good book with a tough story to tell. I enjoyed how all the story lines started separately and came together in the end. This book is probably not for everybody because of the intense subject matter; I could see personal beliefs and experiences with war/military service, foster care, abuse, racism, etc. getting in the way of enjoying this story. But, I think that was the point that the author is trying to make: this story could happen, has happened, and is not an easy pill to swallow.

    23. Clif Hostetler on said:

      PTSD, split-second mistakes, and picking up the pieces after life has changed forever are major themes in this book. I experienced the first half of the book as a melancholy story about desperate life situations. Then I began to identify with some of the characters just as their situations began to get worse. Then when things seemed hopeless (view spoiler)[some protective strangers appeared and extraordinary things happened. The future welfare of the two children seems to be solved at the end of [...]

    24. Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* on said:

      "We never know how high we areTill we are called to rise;And then, if we are true to plan,Our statures touch the skies-"We say, "Thank you very much" and "I appreciate what you have done" to people who fill our grocery bags, to people who offer us a ride across town. What are the words to say to someone who gave you back your life, who believed that you still had a soul, who acknowledged how bad it was possible to feel? Shouldn't there be another language for this? Different words altogether?An [...]

    25. Rebecca Foster on said:

      The lives of four Las Vegas residents intertwine in a story about the aftereffects of the Iraq War. When tragedy brings them together in the novel’s second half, all four have a rare opportunity to show great acts of courage. As the Emily Dickinson poem that provides the novel’s epigraph and title intones, “We never know how high we are / Till we are called to rise; / And then, if we are true to plan, / Our statures touch the skies—”It helped to learn (from the author’s note) that th [...]

    26. Becky on said:

      I loved this book, I was sucked in by the first few pages & I could not put it down….Each chapter is about one of 4 people, each with their own story. As the book goes on, these people & their stories come together. Each person is someone you wish you knew more about but yet we know enough to pull for each of them….a compelling story, I just thought it was so wonderfully written…I love to read a book, no matter what the subject is, that will pull me in, tell me a story & make m [...]

    27. Carol on said:

      Don't read this one on Kindle at the airport or in flight for business. This is not a book I would have selected on my own accord, which reminds me yet again of the value of book clubs, aside from the friendships they nurture and facilitate. Based on the book jacket blurbs and description, I mistakenly thought it was chick-lit. Don't make my mistake and miss this.Be prepared - if you bring your own 6-piece matching set of family baggage to this party, bring a large box of tissues for the last 40 [...]

    28. Jennifer on said:

      A raw and emotional book. This book contained so much sadness, yet the moral of the story is in the title -- "We are called to rise." We get hurt, our lives get shattered, we do things that we know will hurt others, we do things not knowing their full implications. One gut punch comes, and then another. We can give into defeat, or we can rise, but we can't do it alone. Our lives are interconnected and we need each other.4 solid stars.

    29. Dianne on said:

      Four disparate story threads pull together to illustrate how lives can intersect and how each of us can make a difference. The stories were interesting - I especially liked the child, Bashkim - but I liked it, didn't love it.

    30. Rashika (is tired) on said:

      ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoThis is one of the most emotionally moving books I’ve read in a long time and while I had been looking forward to reading it, I had no idea it would have such a huge impact on me. Based loosely on a real life event (VERY LOOSELY), this book has a way of capturing your heart and making you feel overwhelmed with the realities of life where people can get away with things. In spite of the saddness that is packed in this book, this book give [...]

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