Treha, a mysterious young woman with personal issues, works at a home for the elderly, and has a special connection with them. The director of the home and a documentary team look into Treha's past for answers, as Treha does not remember her early life.
I thought the book was good, though it took about one third of it before I got into the story. There are quite a few characters and it was interesting to see some of the main ones develop throughout the course of the book.
"Every Waking Moment" by Chris Fabry is a novel that takes place in a nursing home and centers around Treha, a mentally impaired housekeeping worker, and Devin, a documentary film maker, who meet and work together to tell the stories of the people who live at the nursing home. The story opens with Miriam, the administrator, retiring and being replaced by Ms. Millstone, a cranky, control freak who sucks the life out of the nursing home. Treha has physical impairments as well as social, however, she seems to have the key to unlock the minds of those patients that are trapped in their minds.
This is an incredibly well written book. Fabry brings the characters to life on an intimate level. The plot flows smoothly from one level to the next as the documentary takes shape. The chapters flow from the nursing home, to the documentary, to Devin's struggles with making the film. I give it an A. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing.
Treha Langsam is a young woman with a past she cannot remember, and a future looming with uncertainty. Borrowing the stories of others because she cannot remember her childhood, she has no one to fill in the empty spaces of her life. Living alone and barely making ends meet, she struggles on a daily basis to be a part of a world she cannot understand.
The only thing that makes her somewhat a part of normal society is the fact that she can bring the elderly from the world of their minds to return to some clarity and clear thinking. But there are some people who do not understand Treha's gift and will do everything in their power to make her just go away. When one of the residents of Desert Gardens Retirement Home in Arizona provides a vital clue to the past, will one of Treha's few friends, Miriam, be able to help her find her family? Or will the truth die along with the same man who is the answer with what is physically wrong with Treha?
And finally a heroine that isn't stick skinny perfect, with the most beautiful eyes you've ever seen, or some other such flawless or stunning characteristic. Treha is real in the pages of this book, for Fabry has made a fictional someone we can believe in, cheer on, and can almost believe that she is as alive as we are. This is the kind of book that reminds you of the best movie you've ever seen, except so much better. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are in life; Treha's story will change how you see the elderly, the "not quite right" from society, and those who we tend to think are beneath us based on appearance. This novel will open your eyes to things you have never seen before, and make you see in a whole new light.
This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion.
Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she works with at Desert Gardens. But Miriam Howard, director of the assisted-living facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.
When a documentary team stumbles onto Treha's story, her gift is discovered and the search for answers about her past begins. As the truth slowly unravels, Treha and those around her must each tackle a difficult question: if this is as good as life gets, is that enough?
The elderly characters are very believable and well-written. I had a little trouble understanding the character of Treha. I believe that it is just because she is an unusual character and I've never known anyone like her, not a problem with the writing. The development of the story seems to be a little slow at the beginning. By the time I finished I realized that it is just because the author took time to do an in-depth development.
I did struggle with the inserted sections that were script-like for the documentary crew. This felt very uneven and it seemed to distract me from the story. This is the problem that kept me from giving this book the full 5 stars.
I do recommend reading this book. It takes a good look at what life has become for many elderly people, as well as others who are different from most people.
Do you know the feeling of receiving a gift for birthday or Christmas, opening it, and realizing it wasn't what you expected yet it exceeded what you wanted and hoped for? That is, in essence, how this book affected me.
The main character and the setting, upon reading the blurb, did not initially hold a lot of interest for me. But I know and appreciate the writing of Chris Fabry. As the story unfolded, along with its unique structuring, I was struck with the, "WOW, what a story," feeling.
It was so worth the reading.
My husband read this aloud to me while we daily commuted to work. I wasn't sure initially if the story and its main character would hold his attention. It did. And as much as we have loved previous books by Chris Fabry, my husband said this is his best so far.
Every Waking Moment highlights the value of every life and the potential of all life to be a force for good in this world. Enough said. Read this book and receive eternal blessings. You will gain a new perspective on life from its beginning to its natural end. That makes it sound like it could be some kind of overt prolife book. It's not. But subtly it gently reminds the reader of what great purposes God may have for those who the average Joe and Jill might write off as being of lesser value than other people.
I received this valuable book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review after reading it.