They say all great books share the same one-word but oh-so-powerful theme: LOVE. To me this is wonderfully illustrated in the unforgettable book by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In the book, 13-year old Meg has traveled to the lost planet of Camazotz to rescue her little brother, Charles Wallace, who has been captured by the evil IT, the disembodied brain. How would she ever save him? “She knew! Love! That was what she had that IT did not have.” Only her unconditional love for Charles Wallace was able to set him free. This moves me to tears every time!
If you want more, check out the power of love in these great new adult books, Heft by Liz Moore and The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo. Moore’s endearing characters struggle with gross obesity (550+ pounds), pregnancy, alienation, addiction, and other problems. All are healed by the caring connections they have with each other, and you’ll hate to say good-bye to them at the end of the story. Likewise, Marjorie from The Talk-Funny Girl will stay with me forever. Her story is about hope and the amazing truth that wonderful and good people can emerge from horrible situations.
Expect to see a movie made of this — I have no doubt it will happen!
Posted by: Nancy