It's You

Berkley. Jun. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780425277157. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698178861. F
Porter (The Good Wife; The Good Daughter) succeeds with another gratifying treasure to add to her repertoire. Dr. Alison McAdams, aka Ali, has suffered a life-altering loss and doesn't know what she's supposed to do to move forward, or how to live life fully again. She's called to visit her ailing father at a senior care center in Napa, CA, and though she doesn't know what she can offer or how she can be of help, she packs her bags and goes. Once there, she gets the opportunity to see her father and many of his peers—men and women who went through World War II and had their own share of tragedy and loss. She's particularly intrigued by 94-year-old Edie, a tenacious but loyal woman who inspires Ali in ways she didn't think were possible.
VERDICT Once more Porter is able to write about painful life situations with dignity, grace, and authenticity. What might be heavy and depressing in other writer's hands is gentle and cathartic in Porter's.
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