From the celebrated author of February and Caught comes an exhilarating new novel that asks: What makes a family? How does it shape us? And can we ever really choose who we love?
As the snowstorm of the century rages toward Newfoundland, twenty-one-year-old Xavier is beaten and stabbed in a vicious attack. His mother, Jules, must fight her way through the shuttered streets of St. John’s to reach the hospital where Xavier lies unconscious. When a video of the attack surfaces, Jules struggles to make sense of what she sees in the footage — and of what she can’t quite make out.
While Xavier’s story unfolds, so, too, do the stories that brought him there. Here, across families and generations, are stories of mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers; of children cared for, neglected, lost, and re-found; of selfless generosity and reluctant debt. Above all, Moore, in the inimitable largesse of her art, paints a shimmering portrait of the sacrifice, pain, and wild joy of loving. A tour de force of storytelling and craft, This is How We Love brings us a cast of characters so rich and true they could only have been written by Lisa Moore.
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This multilayered, often poetic family drama examines the love between a mother and son. Jules and Joe are on a Mexican resort holiday when they discover that their 21-year-old son, Xavier, has been seriously wounded in a vicious knife attack on the streets of St. John’s. After flying back home to Newfoundland just ahead of a monstrous blizzard, Jules sits by her son’s hospital bed and reflects on their lives together. Prolific novelist Lisa Moore can work in almost any genre, from thriller to YA romance—and no matter the style she chooses, she makes us care deeply about her characters. By interspersing Jules’ vigil with scenes from her and Xavier’s lives, we learn so much more about their relationship and their world. This Is How We Love is a powerful and redemptive novel about what it means to be a parent—and a child.