Ms Mahurin is developing quite a reputation for thoughtfully tackling subjects most writer would not touch. And she does it with extraordinary compassion, imbuing her charcters with sometimes disturbing reality, truth and perceptivness as she makes the reader's heart bleed (in the case of ...Ben) and cheer (....Mildred Dunlap) all the while translating pain into strength and dignity.
It is a gift that many authors only play at. You know the ones. It's something about authenticity and wisdom. Ms Mahurin has it. Along with a beautiful and lyrical ability to spin her tale with intelligence and pristine editting.
I felt conected to Sara and Ben so much that I coouldn't stop the tears. The book is based on real people and I would so love to find out how "Sarah" is making out today. BTW, I loved the delivery in the ending...straight forward and dignified, creating all the more emotion by avoiding the overwrought and obvious. Just perfect.