"It's weird, though, how I never noticed until a few minutes ago, that this isn't one thick root, like I thought it was. Look. It's made up of many roots entwined together." (Kring, p. 385)
That quote captures the powerful relationships at work in Kring's newest novel, A LIFE OF BRIGHT IDEAS. Readers who fell in love with Winnalee and Button will be thrilled to revisit their friendship 9 years after they last parted in THE BOOK OF BRIGHT IDEAS. Many things have changed in both Winnalee and Button's life, but the bonds of friendship are strong as ever. I was so encouraged by Kring's portrait of strong female characters and the struggles real women face; love, body image, loss, motherhood and forgiveness. I have to say that the 6 year wait to be back in Dauber was worth it. Kring has a talent that cannot easily be described. Her dialogue is rich; mixing humor and depth perfectly. She weaves a story that compels a reader to keep turning pages. Kring makes us feel the story in our hearts, because she feels it in hers. I am so happy to have spent time back in Dauber with the girls and to see how everything turned out. What a gift, a masterpiece, Kring gave to her faithful fans. I highly recommend A LIFE OF BRIGHT IDEAS!!!!
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