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Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing is published by Bloomsbury. The book opens following Nadia though the rough months right after her mother dies when she forms bonds that will stay with her for the rest of her life and makes a mistake that will also follow her through her life. SYNOPSIS This story is m mostly told from the point of view Nadia, a highly intelligent, determined yet conflicted, complicated young lady and also told from the point of view of a group of "Church Mothers" from a very tight knit church called Upper Room.

They are basically well meaning ladies who set the standards for what is considered acceptable church behavior, church attire and church etiquette. They were very human and flawed.

The pastor and his family are all but treated like royalty.

Upstate by James Wood review – big questions, and bigger risks

What matters is what he can do about it. If so, why should one sister be strong and the other weak? When Nadia Turner is 17 years old she loses her mother. The great novel, for Wood, will reveal its greatness both in convincingly representing life and in probing the reality of that life.

Perhaps Wood has written his way out of the why question at last. The story line was relevant, interesting and sucked me right in. I guess if I had to complain, it was a little short. Upper Room is more than just a place to spend an hour on Sunday mornings, to its members, it their community.

Here he reveals the artifice: Many members are there daily, considering the church to be their family. What is the point of life? In The Book Against God he addressed the why question head on, portraying a character arguing furiously with God.

It was hard to put it down. Growing up an atheist in an evangelical household, he found in fiction an alternative to religion. But has he written the fiction desired by his criticism?

He has his own take on the why question, observing: I really loved the characters.

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Nonetheless, Wood does succeed in both achieving verisimilitude and revealing its artifice. As in novels by Graham Greenethe reader is led to suspect that the atheist who argues with God may be accidentally demonstrating his belief.

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She and her mother were very close so she is completely devastated. This book felt very authentic. The "Church Mothers" were so real to me and probably anyone who grew up entrenched in a church community. In Upstate, by contrast, Wood has wisely sidelined religion, addressing the why question purely through philosophy.

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