To start off, I’d like to say that I absolutely adore the cover! When Rebecca first sent out the news for the tour, I stared at the cover for a good two minutes; it is definitely my favourite of…at least the past year.
Onto the review!
Wow. Well, let’s see if I can make at least partial sense. As I’ve already mentioned elsewhere, this book needled every available feeling…several times over.
In short, Louise Caiola has done a magnificent job telling Ann Leigh’s* story.
Now all we need is the tale of when/how the disgusting sea urchin Tommy dies. … I just harbor a lot of hatred for him. I didn’t like him from the very beginning, he’s one of the types that I despise. Still, Ms. Caiola’s storytelling skills are so remarkable that even my most hated person throughout the entire bloody novel is memorable. This might not seem like that big of a deal–the hated are often remembered, are they not? For me, though, not many people that I hate are so easily stuck in my memory–I tend to forget them within a few days/weeks. I don’t think I’ll forget him anytime soon…
Enough of that, I suppose. I’d rather focus on how much I love this book! When I first started my review, it got extremely long in an exceptionally short span of time. I have, over the course of the past week, trimmed it down. Way down.
“The Making of Nebraska Brown” is, without question, one of the best books I have ever read. Not just within the past X days, months, or even years–no, of all time.
“You can go home again. But it may not be there when you finally arrive.”–this is my favourite quote. Possibly my favourite thing ever. I’m all too aware of how true this is, and I believe this message is why, even though I’ve never been in Ann Leigh’s exact position, I can relate to her so closely. Why I have such a connection with her. In the end, it all goes back to Louise Caiola’s incredible writing, way of connecting us–me–to the most complicated of situations that I haven’t a personal inkling of…she deserves an award, to be honest. All the awards! I can go on and on, but nothing will ever fully express my love for this book. I did promise myself I wouldn’t gush for too long, so I suppose I can simply end it here. Well, after I give my rating!
I’m extremely guarded when it comes to 4.5 and 5 star reviews, but this…it stole my heart almost immediately. It’s something I hope to revisit within this year, that’s how good it is.
Without any hesitation, I give “The Making of Nebraska Brown” 5 stars.
*I refuse to call her “Ana,” I don’t care what anyone else says.