Life is never smooth, nor is it predictable. Sometimes the moment when we think we have hit the lowest moment in our lives, that is actually the moment that we have begun to pick up the pieces of our lives.
Naomi Ragen’s 2002 novel, Chains Around The Grass, is about just this. In the early 1950s, six year old Sara has just lost her father. Her mother, Ruth, is left to raise three young children by herself. Ruth must find the courage and strength within herself to raise her children without her husband.
I enjoyed the novel. Ms. Ragen takes the reader in quickly to the world of this family. The loss of their father and husband is potent to the reader. My only criticism is in the description of the novel, Sara is named as the main character. When in reality, if there is a main character, it is Sara’s father whose absence creates a hole in the hearts of his family members that can never be truly filled.
I recommend this novel.