The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville

A beautiful first novel about family,  connection, and more things than you would think could fit in a novel this short. Pregnant Marissa asks her husband Matt to find an old family cradle, and Matt’s search turns into a road trip of another kind entirely. Along the way the story goes back in time with Matt’s memories, and forward in time to the story of Renee, a children’s book author who has just seen her son off to Iraq. The stories of Matt and Renee connect at the end, not unexpectedly. And Matt does find the cradle, but that’s not really the important thing he finds.

RATING: **** Very, very good
Reviewed by: stc

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