The characters were so well written and vivid to me. There had been four eggs, pale and delicate, like the sugar-dough decorations on the wedding cakes she was known for. When Jordan attempts suicide and Sarah finds him before he dies, it is revealed, from a tape in his book bag, that he has been the victim of a child pornography ring. This novel deals not with finding out who did it, but how each person connected to their family deals with the news. He stood and stared at her as she came back into the kitchen and grabbed a dish towel to dry her hair and dab at her soaked clothes.
She reveled in his grin, a sign that the day was at least beginning on a bright note, and in the fact that she could still make him happy. A must read if you can deal with the subject matter. Kittle makes vivid descriptions to place clear images in your mind but it's never too much too take attention away. Kittle also attempts to dispel myths about gay male relations as being violent by portraying a sincere deep tender love between Todd and Jacob. It seems more and more to have been murder versus an accidental suicide. I wanted to wrap my arms around him and protect him from his crazy, uncontrollable world, though I knew a warm embrace would be the last thing on earth that would ever comfort him. He had seen his shadow against the garage.
This light of how lucky they were. Her nurturing and kind spirit toward Jordan ignited my soul. Before, back before Dad had died, Danny was embarrassed when the story was told. She lives in Dayton, Ohio. However, the day comes when Sarah realizes she never truly knew her best friend at all. The Kindness of Strangers is a compelling novel of survival and the healing power of love.
On the other side, beyond the storage freezer, were shelves and shelves full of sealed plastic storage containers of sugar-dough flowers. The book begins by describing Sarah Laden, a young widow and mother of two sons, Danny and Nate, who runs a catering business. This heartbreaking novel takes us on the same journey as the child who finds when his parents are arrested he cannot look after himself so is hospitalised and under the care of psychologists and social workers. She had to do better, she had to get it together. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed.
You know that makes me crazy. Everything was so impossible then. Highly recommended, but readers should be aware of the graphic, disturbing subject matter. Sarah, Nate and Danny's mom, was my hero - the shining light throughout this story. Those memories of her thoughtless cruelty pained her, and she hoped the day would come when Nate was pained as well. This book is not for everyone. She stared at its alien eyes and gaping mouth, and the hair rose on her arms and neck.
Her kindhearted younger son Danny, though well-behaved, struggles to pass his remedial classes. It's sad to say but people can be very deceiving and manipulative in this chaotic world. The robin screeched at her in urgent, one-note cries, and Sarah tried to think of something that inspired gratitude. Sexual depravity and molestation, with their own son Jordan as the victim. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.
Once I started though, I could not put it down. Sarah, for instance, is shocked to learn that she dropped off food for the Kendricks' sex parties; Jordan must decide whether or not he wants to continue a relationship with his mother—who insists she's innocent—if and when she gets acquitted. Nate still hung heavy in her thoughts on her way home when she drove along the Oakhaven golf course and passed the sunny, welcoming house of her friend Courtney Kendrick. A must read if you can deal with the subject matter. This novel certainly illustrates that point.
At its heart the book details a community's disbelief and horror when confronted with the reality of the abusiveness of one its most prominent families. Over the years, I have received many books unsolicited or with prodding from publishers and sometimes even authors. Dealing with the aftermath of horrible child abuse in a way that is honest and real, there is no sugarcoating of facts to be found here. In Traveling Light, Todd's immediate family are supportive, but that is not without its complications. All through this book I fought to breathe. Nothing but promise and potential ahead of them. She was tempted to ignore it, seeing as how they had a platterful of problems already.
Kudos to the author, Katrina Kittle, for writing an extremely powerful book about such a devastating and disturbing topic - child sexual abuse. I read this book in two days. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. Katrina Kittle has created a haunting vision of the secret lives of the people we think we know best. Through gripping and heartrending storytelling, The Kindness of Strangers shows that even after the most grave injuries, redemption is always possible. And the story of how Before became After.
She brings him to the hospital. She stared at the woman, and as she did, she heard the sizzling in the kitchen. On a quiet street in the suburban Midwest, a popular, seemingly stable family keeps a terrible, dark secret behind closed doors — a secret that will have life-changing consequences for all who know them Sarah Laden, a young widow and mother of two, struggles to keep her family together. . Courtney is married to a businessman and has a young son, Jordan, a fifth grader at the beginning of the book. There is no question that this world is full of evil.