Back cover blurb: When the best part of a family dies, everyone falls apart . . .
First lines: After it happened no one in school would talk to me. No one.
London comes from a family of missionaries. She has grown up in Africa and Latin America with her parents and brother, Zach. The two of them were incredibly close. But now he is gone. And everything is falling apart.
Waiting is a tale of healing. Of families that fall apart and can't find a way back to each other. Of guilt and blame. Of losing your faith and finding it again. Although there are some controversial subjects presented here, such as teen pregnancy and abortion, it is told with an eye towards hope and redemption. Williams realizes that faith isn't something other in one's life, but something that weaves through all parts of it - even when we aren't sure what we believe anymore. So here we have a haunting, beautiful look at teens trying to incorporate a spiritual life in a real world touched by tragedy.
Waiting is a beautiful story told in haunting and beautiful poetry. Carol Lynch Williams is the PEN American Foundation Physllis Reynolds Naylor Award for her previous novel Glimpse. This is one of the few books that have made me cry. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.