Saturday, March 13, 2010

(42) The Melting Season by Jami Attenberg


The Melting Season is an interesting story. Catherine Madison has married her High School sweetheart, Thomas. They live in a sleepy Nebraska farm town. They are just living their lives when Thomas's father dies and leaves him more money than they ever could have dreamed of. So much money it changes their lives.

Flash forward to Catherine traveling west with a suitcase full of her husband's money. Can a twenty-something really run away from home? Catherine has set out on an adventure, trying to fill that empty spot deep inside of her. She is not sure what she is looking for, but she knows where she has been and is not sure that she will ever go back.

Catherine winds up in Las Vegas. There she meets a woman who help her to awaken to who she really is. She gives Catherine the courage and support to go home and face the music. Both her husband and her abusive mother.

The Melting Season is a book about forgiveness, starting over, and being true to oneself. Catherine has led a sheltered life and is on a journey to find herself, that journey takes her across the country and a million miles from home. The first half of the story is the actual journey itself. The second half of the story is Catherine in Las Vegas telling her story to her new friend. The story is an interesting one to read about. Being from the Midwest, and having traveled I80 frequently, I enjoyed that aspect of the story. When Catherine starts talking about her past, you can not help but be swept up in her story. Her life has been something out of a Lifetime movie and you start to understand why she chose to run away from home. Jami Attenberg has written a heartfelt novel of self discovery that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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