professornana (professornana) wrote,

sweet reading

Angela Johnson has a gift with words. Somehow she manages to draw in readers and hold them hostage. She does not fling words or dole them out in great batches. Instead, words are offered almost begrudgingly, sparingly. SWEET, HEREAFTER (note the punctuation carefully, please) (Simon and Schuster, 2010) is the third book set in Heaven, Ohio. In this very slim book, Shoogy (aka Sweet) finally leaves, or is she kicked out of?, her house. She finds a new home in the cabin in the woods with Curtis, home from a tour in Iraq and possibly AWOL. Through Shoogy's eyes, we see the town of Heaven and its inhabitants, some of them her friends. We also see the torment (PTSD) of Curtis. Both confront and wrestle with demons. Johnson does not place a pretty veneer on this story about family and war and refuge and friendship. She trusts readers to be able to handle the truth.
Tags: prequels and sequels, war

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