The Need by Helen Phillips
Book Review: 5 out of 5 star rating
Mary is a paleobotanist who has discovered some odd artifacts in a fossil quarry, seemingly almost but not quite of this world, including a controversial Bible. Word gets out about these finds and people are flocking to the pit for tours. Their discovery has also sparked quite a bit of hate mail and Mary is a bit on edge. She’s also sleep deprived and stressed from caring for her one-year-old son and four-year-old daughter during her husband’s music tour. When a stranger in a deer mask appears in her home and seems to know more about her world than possible, Mary’s fragile connection to her world begins to disintegrate.
This is truly a literary masterpiece. I’m blown away and stunned by its beauty. There’s absolutely no genre this book can be placed in. Even without the surreal aspect of this book, it’s a profound look at being a parent, both the high and low, both the joy and anguish. Coupled with the mind-bending happenings, this makes for an exquisite, unique read. Not only will this author change the way you look at the world, but she’ll break your heart while she does it.
Most highly recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.