Book Review: Above Ground
I am delighted to share my review of the thought-provoking book, Above Ground, authored by Clint Smith and published by Little, Brown. The book is a contemplative exploration of the impact of incarceration on families and communities, highlighting the emotional toll that it exacts on those left behind.
The plot follows the story of a young boy whose father is incarcerated and his struggle to come to terms with his absence. The author uses powerful language that brings to life the complex emotions felt by children who have a parent in prison. Smith’s writing style is emotive and evocative, making it easy for readers to empathize with the characters’ plight.
The author’s empathy for those affected by incarceration permeates every page of the novel. He writes about themes like family dynamics, love and loss with grace and sensitivity. Above Ground speaks to more than just the effects of incarceration; it highlights how we can begin rebuilding relationships damaged by circumstances outside our control.
Overall, Above Ground is a beautifully written book that explores important themes on how people cope with adversity. It illuminates stories that are often untold about families who are left behind when one member is imprisoned. The writing is excellent, as are the insightfulness and sensitivity exhibited throughout its pages.
While there were moments where I was not fully invested in certain parts of the storyline, this did not detract from my overall enjoyment of this novel. I would highly recommend this book for anyone seeking an insightful commentary on how our current criminal justice system affects lives beyond just those directly impacted.
In conclusion, Above Ground was an inspiring read that resonated deeply with me long after I finished it. Clint Smith has taken an issue often talked about but seldom explored in such depth – bringing light in places too often hidden – delivering a poignant story that will stay with readers for years to come!
publishedDate : 2023-03-28
authors : Clint Smith
publishers : Little, Brown
pageCount : 200
Above Ground: Smith, Clint: 9780316543033: Amazon.com: Books
Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic.He is the author of the narrative nonfiction book , How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, and selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2021.