by Liz Crowe
Good Faith is a journey from beginning to end. It’s the story of three families and the choices that everyone makes. It’s not a romance but a contemporary/literary fiction. The characters are flawed and human with needs, desires, and weaknesses. Those shortcomings stare you in the face and make you contemplate your own life. Each character is a combination of good choices and bad choices. It’s how they choose to live their lives in spite of all their mistakes that makes this story powerful.
Liz Crowe has written a story I could relate to on a gut level and submerse myself into. The emotional journeys which each person takes deeply resonated with me. I didn’t want to stop reading or put the book down. Even a few days after reading it, I’m still thinking about it and pondering the story’s complexities. There’s so much to absorb as characters come full circle and life alters each and every one of them.
As a parent of four young adults, I could identify most with the adult characters, Jack, Sara, Rob, Lila, Craig, and Suzanne. They were me at one time in my life. Also I could relate to the challenges of parenting the teenage years that they faced. We hope as parents that our children won’t make the same mistakes we did, even if we tell them not to, but sometimes our children have to learn it on their own. Other people really connect with the younger generation and their struggles. I love that no two people have the same experience with this book. Each reader has their own encounter and comes away with different opinions and feelings.
Fans of the Stewart Realty series will certainly want to read this book as it completes the series but you don’t have to have read any of the other stories to love this book. Good Faith is a stand-alone novel that will delight fans of Alice Munro’s life complexities stories.