This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At the very end of the acknowledgements for this book, Estelle Laure says:
"Like you and Cormac McCarthy said, beauty and loss are one.
But beauty trumps."
And that to me really feels like the best way to sum up this novel. Laure perfectly captures the kind of friendship that completely weaves two people together, the way a high school romance, a first love, is too much of everything to process, and a sister bond that is both endearing and essential to survival. This is not to say that the main character, Lucille, is perfect. She is not. She makes bad choices, and says mean things, but she perseveres and she learns from her mistakes. She is, to be cliche, a raging light.
These are characters that I want to spend an eternity hanging out with. I want this story to be like a modern day Anne of Green Gable saga, and I truly believe I will continue to love Laure's writing enough to read all of them if the world were a wish granting factory.
My favorite thing about Laure's writing is the way she seamlessly integrates her reader into the world of her characters. I never once felt like I was having information dumped on me, or that I was being given backstory to catch me up.
This book is beautiful and I loved every second.
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