After Annie Jacobson's older brother is deployed to Vietnam during the war, tragedy at home brings their estranged father home without welcome. As tensions heighten, Annie and her family must find a way to move forward as they try to hold both hope and grief in the same hand.
All Manner of Things is an emotional and thoughtful tale of a family affected by two wars that certainly shaped our nations’ families for years to come. I do enjoy author Finkbeiner’s lyrical writing and prose as she pulls you into not only the lives of her characters but also into the atmospheric setting of her story, whether it is the dust bowl or a family waiting on news of a loved one.
This story gave me a sense of longing for the simpler things of life. The small towns and close neighbors. No, that time was not perfect as there was backbiting and gossip and prejudice that needed to be fought, just like today. But it just felt like we had been given a glimpse of something we in today’s culture have lost.
I liked the communication that this family had with one another through letters. No quick texts, emails, or even a too short phone call: just a simple letter where all parties who were writing could poor out their thoughts, fears, and love. And these letters were also and would be a tangible piece of their loved one and something to be passed down to future generations.
Even though this novel dealt with some tough topics like abandonment, death, it was still written with a hope that lives on eternally, because like the story emphasized: we were made with eternity in our hearts.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.