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Beyond the bright lights and casinos lies the real Las Vegas where four lives will be brought together by one split-second choice.
In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in hospital with the vague feeling he's done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.
We Are Called to Rise is a story about a child's fate. It is a story about families — the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other while reminding us that compassion and charity can rescue even our darkest moments.
We never know how high we are
Til we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies —
'It moved me to tears. It's tough but compassionate - a very powerful novel. Packs a real punch, particularly when we suddenly see the different narrative strands come together in a way I hadn't anticipated - it stopped me in my tracks' Rebecca Wait, The View on the Way Down
'Here is the powerful story of the way in which war detonates far from battlefields, exploding lives in a single irrevocable moment. Here are unforgettable voices that need to be heard as urgently as this richly imagined story needs to be told. Like a solitary bell We Are Called to Rise reverberated long after I'd put it down. I can't stop thinking about it' Sarah Blake, The Postmistress
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