Character-driven and hard hitting, Lord the One You Love is Sick follows a grieving mother, an abandoned son, two lonely little girls, a young police officer, and his wife as they each grapple with existing outside of traditional societal norms. The American South offers a special layer of difficulty for people suffering from hidden illnesses and afflictions of the soul, and worse, there is the idea that those awful issues only happen elsewhere. “Certainly not around here!”
This novel told in connected short stories, each from a different point of view, packs powerful punches wrapped in velvet gloves. One group of hurting and persevering people each find a way to reconcile who they are with where they are, and together find surprising ways to love both.
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