Sunday, August 15, 2010

(124)Traveling Light by Katrina Kittle

Traveling Light was first published ten years ago. I would like to think that things, that attitudes have changed in the ten years since this book was published.

Traveling Light is the story of Summer and her brother, Todd. And Todd's husband, Jacob. The story is emotionally powerful, but draining at the same time because Todd is dying of AIDS. Summer is an English teacher at the local high school. She lives with her brother & Jacob and her boyfriend, Nicholas, visits on the weekend. Nicholas would like to marry Summer, but the baggage she carries may be more than she can overcome in order to commit her life to Nicholas.

Traveling Light is a Five-Hanky book. It is so easy to lose yourself in the story and find yourself a part of Todd & Summer's family. But it is also hard to read the attitudes that made living their lives difficult. The ignorance and hatred displayed towards Todd and Jacob is hard to read. I really hope that if this story were told today the hatred, the ignorance, would not be part of this story. I know that it is a realistic portrayal, but it still makes me sad to read about.

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