by Cassandra Lis

This seemingly nonfiction novel by Carew Papritz recounts lessons learned of life and love from the point of view of a dying father to his ex-wife and unborn twin children. The story is touching, although I feel that the plot was stationary. The reader learns more about the father’s life, but the plot just follows him through his life in his secluded cabin where he writes. The lessons he teaches are valuable and show his upbringing and perspective. However, the plot does not move forward. I had many questions while reading the book, including what illness he is dying from and if he ever dies. Overall, the story is very spiritual and informative but it is lacking a strong plot. The stand-alone novel won five national awards and is well loved by many.