In Life in a Box, a novel by JoDee Neathery, readers meet two families, the Smiths and the Browns. Their names might be common, but their stories are anything but. Both families gave birth to twins born on the same day. Whether by coincidence, fate or circumstances, the families became inextricably linked to each other. After a tragedy, a daughter was requested to write a novel about her family. She received a box filled with family documents and eventually a shocking secret was uncovered. Where will it lead?
This book is a literary masterpiece. There is a large group of precisely crafted and fascinating characters, some weak, some mean, some strong and some vulnerable. They are all memorable and certainly not stereotypical. The novel is infused with lush descriptions of food, place and feelings. This is an intensely vibrant and multilayered story. Slowly we are shown what a baffled daughter discovers from her research and that is the power of this beautifully written story. I was totally engrossed in this story to the very end. Life in a Box is a must read. Highly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.