on November 27, 2014
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If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.
Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.
And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.
Wow…I need to find words that convey the emotions of this layered story without revealing the plot.
This story is the stick with you kind of powerful read and one that I think is most enjoyed without knowing much about how the story unfolds. So if my review is short it is because I truly believe the best way to read this book is to experience the journey.
The Law of Moses is the story of Moses (yes he is named due to his life starting out similar to the bible story) and Georgia.
This book is broken into two parts before and after, before and after what I will not tell you but I will say it gutted me, brought tears to my eyes and in many senses showed the power of the human spirit.
Speaking of spirits; though this book is not super natural, it does require that you believe just a bit. And believe I did, I believed in Moses and so many times my heart broke for him as he struggled to find his place in the world. Like many artists, his gift was first his curse. Moses finding a place in the world where his gift allowed him to shine was a journey in and of itself.
The “what” that finally brings Moses and Georgia together for good put my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes and in the end truly touched my soul.
This story reminds the reader that it is not just about finding the right person but being the right person.
There is also an element of suspense in this book, it weaved into the story and tied together some of the underlying mystery of the story.
The prologue warns you of loss but in the end I interpreted the prologue in a whole new way!!
Truly masterful, Ms. Harmon has again proven she is truly a gifted story teller.
The end of this story brought an epilogue that is epically bitter sweet and so worth the journey the reader takes to get there.
And the cover is even more amazing after you read the book!!
Thank you, Ms. Harmon for a soul touching story; one were life is about more than loss but about picking the pieces up and moving forward. One about a happy different than the one imaged but in some ways even more cherished.