THE INTERSECT: A Novel ~Brad Graber
“When life veers off course, strangers find comfort and lasting connection”
There are so many issues discussed in this fine story it is hard to find a place to start. A couple decides to move out of the heavy, duty, frenetic life of San Francisco and relocate to Phoenix, Arizona. Dave and Charlie form the foundational couple for the story, well! until they begin to have some troubles of their own. One new job is crazy making stressful and the other new job is rolling along just fine. Oh! But they found the perfect house and have remodeled it to their liking.
Daisy an older woman, vibrant and on her own, is in a car accident and has to have a hip replacement. Her nephew Jack and his wife Enid have moved from Michigan to Arizona and Enid decides Daisy is dying and she starts “handling her affairs”, which is a disaster. Bonnie a physical therapist, gets Daisy back on her feet as they discover that Daisy has no place to go as she leaves the rehabilitation center. The two have become fast friends.
“Anna, a gifted psychic who channels the dead, is concerned about her neighborhood. She hires a handyman to install motion-detectors, unaware that Ernie has entered the United States illegally from Mexico as a child. When Henry, a homeless gay teen, attempts to rob Anna, Ernie intervenes and melee ensues. The police mistakenly arrest Ernie, leading to his deportation.” (cover)
We are just about right at the story line where the character’s lives are beginning to weave together and they are all making connections, which hold them fast into a new family framework. It is not easy going and there are lots of turns and twists to this wonderful story. Lots of restaurants are mentioned in the Phoenix area and these characters all eat lots of fine and tasty foods. I got a bit of a hankering for popcorn during the read.
Larissa at Claire McKinney PR sent me a copy of this book for review – what a treat.
The story has quite an exciting ending and the author invites one to discover an extra chapter on his website
About Brad Graber:
“Brad Graber was born and raised in New York City. He obtained a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.H.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. As a healthcare administrator, Brad has held a number of positions living in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago; West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit; and Mill Valley, a suburb of San Francisco. Brad currently resides in Phoenix with Jeffrey, his spouse of 26 years, and their dog Charlie. Brad volunteers with non-profit organizations, most recently with Duet, which provides support for seniors. He has in the past volunteered with OnenTen.org, which supports GLBTQ youth. THE INTERSECT is Brad’s first novel.” (From Claire McKinney PR)
“Exploring today’s hot-button issues of immigration, elder abuse, and teen homelessness, THE INTERSECT shows readers that strangers can make unexpected and lasting connections—even as they reveal the most vulnerable part of themselves.”
A most enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it as a great story, well written.
My favorite quote: Page 251
“It’s what’s in your heart. You’ll know by your reaction to others. How you behave speaks volumes about who you are. Determine if that’s the person you want to be, and then, if you don’t like what you’re feeling, make a change. Every day we get to choose who we want to be. When you find the response that feels best, you’ve found your true self.”