I told you about this book when it was still on order. It's about people's loved ones returning from beyond, and one knows how or why. What would it be like if someone you love came back one day? I've read the book now and rate it 8 of 10, a very good book.This novel has one character who is very interested in words, learning them and improving hersel by learning words. Here's one of her word choices, when her husband and son are being held by the government (p. 115):
"But it's been weeks," Lucille replied.Okay, I rarely come across a word anymore that I don't know. Even this one seemed like one I ought to know, but I'm sure I haven't read it or heard it used in years. Do you know what it means? Confession: I had to look it up, but I'm sure I've never used this word and probably never will. I did learn something though.
"And they're both healthy and alive. Aren't they?"
"I suppose so. ... But they're..." She hunted for a good word. She would feel better if she could find a quality word right now. "They're...immured."
This next quote stopped me in my tracks. I had to read it several times, wondering where in the world the author came up with these lines. This is from the perspective of the pastor in the story, trying to get someone out of confinement. (Or would that be "immurement"? I wasn't sure that was even a word, so I looked it up. It means "a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is locked within an enclosed space and all possible exits turned into impassable walls.") Okay, here's the quote (page 262):
synonyms = confine, intern, shut up, lock up, incarcerate, imprison, jail, cage, put behind bars, put under lock and key, hold captive, hold prisoner; detain, hold. Example: "His first wife was immured in sanatoriums for most of her adult life."
What??? Trained to apply guilt? What "men of the cloth" would that be? Not my denomination. I have never run into anything like that, ever, and I'm an ordained minister. What a strange idea.
The dustjacket photo
I don't know what the photo on the cover means, unless it implies a world turned upside down. The boy appears to be about eight years old, just like the boy in the novel who died on his eighth birthday.