Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday Monday Book Review

I have a new book to share with you that is spine chilling and you will be riveted while reading Monday Monday written by Elizabeth Crook.
In this gripping, emotionally charged novel, a tragedy in Texas changes the course of three lives. 
On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people had been killed and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history. 
Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets, and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will eventually entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years.  
Reunited decades after the tragedy, they will be forced to confront the event that changed their lives and that has silently and persistently ruled the lives of their children. 
With electrifying storytelling and the powerful sense of destiny found in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, and with the epic sweep of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday explores the ways in which we sustain ourselves and one another when the unthinkable happens.  
At its core, it is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go. A humane treatment of a national tragedy, it marks a generous and thrilling new direction for a gifted American writer.
Wow, this was an emotionally charged book to read! All three lives are affected by that day. I would imagine something like that would definitely leave an impact on such young lives and haunt them for a very long time.

Shelly and Wyatt had a fling and I am sure it was more out of desperation than anything but it had wide range consequences. Because of that, Wyatt and his wife left and moved away, leaving Shelly to face the consequences all by herself. Luckily for her, her other two friends came to the rescue.

People do move on given time and Shelly is happy in her life when she finally marries her husband, Dan and they have a daughter. Unfortunately, it seems like Shelly is destined to have bad luck. I think she thinks she deserves it in an odd kind of way, but no one really deserves to be sad or unhappy or in pain.

In the end, she will have to find the courage to move on for herself and to accept herself based on what she has to work with. It was a really awful thing that happened that day back when she was in college but you can't let things like that ruin your life forever or the person responsible for all that chaos wins. I for one, would never want to give someone else that power over me. And in the end, I think Shelly realizes that also.

Happy Reading!
About the Author: 
Elizabeth Crook was born in Houston in 1959 and lived in Nacogdoches and then San Marcos, Texas with her parents and brother and sister until 1966 when the family moved to Washington D.C., where her father was director of VISTA for Lyndon Johnson. Two years later her father was appointed Ambassador to Australia and the family moved to Canberra. When they returned to Texas Elizabeth attended public schools in San Marcos, graduating from San Marcos High School in 1977.
She attended Baylor University for two years and graduated from Rice University in 1982. She has written four novels: The Raven's Bride and Promised Lands were published by Doubleday and then reissued by SMU Press as part of the Southwest Life and Letters series. The Night Journal was published by Viking/Penguin in 2006 and reissued in paperback by Penguin.
Monday, Monday is scheduled for release by Sarah Crichton Books, FSG, in April 2014. Elizabeth has written for periodicals such as Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and has served on the council of the Texas Institute of Letters.
She is a member of Women Writing the West, Western Writers of America and The Texas Philosophical Society, and was selected the honored writer for 2006 Texas Writers' Month. Her first novel, The Raven's Bride, was the 2006 Texas Reads: One Book One Texas selection. The Night Journal was awarded the 2007 Spur award for Best Long Novel of the West and the 2007 Willa Literary Award for Historical Fiction.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.