Okay, so I’ve been trying to write this review for like two days. Maybe longer than that because, well, I finished the novel last week sometime. What’s my problem? In short, I loved the book and, for some weird reason, I find it harder to write reviews for the books that I love than for the books I only like.
Anyway, I loved Leif Enger’s novel Peace Like a River (though that isn’t the title under review here) and jumped at the opportunity to read and review his most recent novel (now in paperback) So Brave, Young, and Handsome. I read it and, as I said above, I loved it.
End of review.
Let’s see, what do I love about it? It’s a really good book, really well written, with a really interesting story of redemption and forgiveness and discovering inspiration and meaning. It’s aging train robbers and wanna be cowboys. It’s a writer who’s lost his muse. It’s a pursuer unwilling to give up the chase. It’s the Old West and the fading of her former glory. It intrigues. It surprises.
I think what I love most about both Enger’s novels is the telling, the beauty of the words themselves. I read somewhere of prose that “sings” and his does indeed. The man is a true wordsmith, no doubt about it. I also love how the story lingers long after the last page is turned, making me forget—just for a moment, mind you—that it was a story and only a story, though a really good one at that.
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….