The impending death of a loved one, like a bright setting sun, lights up all of life in high relief and casts deep shadows. In her debut novel, Going to Solace, Amanda McTigue writes of that life-defining time with brightly lit characters set in a rural Appalachian town some decades ago. As McTigue embraces her townspeople with literary skill and wit, we become intimate with folks outside of our ken and learn the depth of their lives. Though McTigue’s theme is the onslaught of death and dying, in her hands it becomes a place of deep humanity.
Going to Solace is ultimately a life enriching experience. You will be touched by this book: its diverse characters will bring you solace as soft as a rabbit’s pelt. In particular, the relationships of family are artfully explored; that between estranged mother and daughter is one of the more profound. I recommend this book, though fiction, it is based on stories. Read more here.