This is almost two stories in one but they do converge at the end in an astounding way. On one hand we have Nate (9years old), newly dead - murdered in fact, living out his death in Under-heaven (a sort of pre-heaven where souls come to terms with their death). Then we have Jesse (5 years old), very much alive, but gets caught up in his dads and things don't go so well for him.
This was very much a poignant
story. It started off slowly but I think that was essential as the two
tales were being told simultaneously. It certainly picked up after about
15% and ran away with itself! Nate's story was one of indecision. He
didn't know how to resolve the fact that he had been murdered. After
many years, with the help of various relatives (as angels) he makes a
Jesse's story is
profoundly sad, he loves his dad with a passion but sadly his dad is a
terminal screw up and just keeps letting Jesse down. Where does this
leave him? At first it was hard to see what each story had to do with
each other but then -bang- it hits you between the eyes. The merging was
very cleverly done and when I came to the dramatic end I was in tears.
I totally recommend this book. Under Heaven is a moving and well written story.