The Hardest Thing in This World is a fascinating escape into the fictional lives of others. The author, Nicole Eva Fraser, has a masters degree in creative writing and clearly has a way with words.
The story is about the women of the sawyer family, including one who is deceased. We get to hear things from each of their perspectives, so we get to know them, how they think and feel, in an intimate way. It’s fascinating and the book is hard to put down.
These women deal with ‘normal’ family and life issues along with others that are very unique to their situation. The characters are very relatable. Even if your life is different than theirs, these seem like people you could know or come in contact with throughout your life. It’s easy to get caught up in the story and hard to put the book down.
The Hardest Thing in This World
by Nicole Eva Fraser
Pub. date 10/11/13
Description: “Set in the suburbs of Cleveland, the story is told in a nonlinear narrative through the eyes of the three Sawyer women. Smart-mouthed Melody is an underachiever, a home health care nurse with good intentions and a chip on her shoulder. Her troubled daughter Renee recently dropped dead at 24, but Renee’s ghost keeps popping in on the family. And Melody has no clue about her married daughter Kayla – who since age 16 has been deep in a clandestine affair with pro baseball player Baron Lee Presley. Revolving around family and the issues that come with living in a family with mental illness, the story follows the Sawyer women through birth, coming-of-age and dealing with the death—and ghosts—of loved ones.”
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