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A Son Comes Home tells a story of an extraordinary and life-changing summer in the life of an American Family. The main character, Chris LaRue, is a graduate student and college instructor in his mid-twenties, who has drifted no only from his heavenly Father, but also from his earthly parents. Early in the book he returns to Indiana to spend the summer with them after being estranged from them for two years. It is a summer in which he will confront his former fiancee, Beth, but also new family crises, including his father's grave illness and his sister's unwanted pregnancy. Chris is still haunted by the death of his older brother David two years before. His relationship with his brother had been a complex mixture of closeness and rivalry. David was his father's favorite. David loved Chris but also betrayed him during the final days before his death, and he left secrets behind Chris feels obligated to keep, but that continue to spread their poison as time goes by. Back home again, Chris must decide how much of the truth he can bear to tell. This work from Bentz is ideal for teachers and professors to use due to the writing style employing multiple narrators who have distinctive voices worthy of study. The plot is intricately constructed, the symbolism is multi-layered, and the book makes subtle but significant use of the biblical story of the prodigal son. The novel is also powerful in showing the dynamics of family relationships at many levels.

Fiction & Literature
July 16
Randall House
Ingram DV LLC

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