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A Song for Issy BradleyA mesmerizing literary debut for Issy ePUB #10003 novel of doubt faith and perseverance in the aftermath of a family tragedy for fans of Me Before You Little Bee and Tell the Wolves I’m Home  The Bradleys see the world as a place A Song MOBI #233 where miracles are possible and where nothing is important than family This is their story   It is the story of Ian Bradley husband father math teacher and Mormon bishop and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right Song for Issy PDFEPUB #227 if he can only endure to the end like the pioneers did It is the story of his wife Claire her lonely wait for a sign from God and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with tragedy   And it is the story of their children sixteen year old Zippy experiencing the throes of first love cynical fourteen year old Al who would rather play soccer than read the Book of Mormon and seven year old Jacob whose faith is bigger than a mustard s. 45 Where I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC any trip on the Beltway had us pass the Mormon Temple in Kensington This giant structure gleaming white and gold and topped by an eighteen foot statue of the angel Moroni is visible for miles around I remember being intrigued by it wondering how it differed from our own Protestant church and what might happen thereCarys Bray can offer a genuine insider’s view she was raised a devout Mormon but left the faith in her early thirties when a wife and mother of four she realized she could not rationalize their beliefs to her children There is certainly an autobiographical element to her debut in which the death of a daughter casts a pious Mormon family into the depths of grief and doubt; Bray’s second child Libby died at a few days old of an undiagnosed genetic conditionThe novel shifts masterfully between the close third person perspectives of each member of the family Seven year old Jacob’s viewpoint is pricelessly simple He “knows that his faith is bigger than a mustard seed; it’s as least as big as a toffee bonbon maybe bigger”This is a touching and necessary story about the difference faith can and cannot make – positing the little resurrections to be found in the midst of despairFull review in February 2015 issue of Third Way magazine

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characters A Song for Issy Bradley 107 õ ❮Read❯ ➬ A Song for Issy Bradley Author Carys Bray – A mesmerizing literary debut novel of doubt faith and perseverance in the aftermath of a family tragedy—for fans of Me Before You Little Bee and Tell the Wolves I’m Home  The Bradleys see the wor A mesmEed probably bigger than a toffee candy he thinks and which he’s planning to use to mend his broken family with a miracle   Intensely moving unexpectedly funny and deeply observed A Song for Issy Bradley explores the outer reaches of doubt and faith and of a family trying to figure out how to carry on when the innermost workings of their world have broken apart   Praise for A Song for Issy Bradley  “I loved A Song for Issy Bradley It’s wry smart moving and comforting A terrific book about faith and what happens to that faith when the unimaginable happens” Nick Hornby“In this wry original generous spirited debut novel members of a family come to terms with grief each in his or her own way They wrestle with belief and disillusionment desire and hopelessness pervasive sorrow and moments of transcendent joy The result is riveting powerful and uietly devastating uite simply A Song for Issy Bradley took my breath away” Christina Baker Kline New York. If you have read anything about this novel you know that it’s about a grieving family If you don’t want to know at this point what tragedy caused this grief you may want to stop reading this now I find that it’s just not possible for me to write a review about how I feel about this story and not talk about what happens to Issy Bradley and her familySPOILER ALERTFour year old Issy Bradley dies of meningitis and her family is devastated“The house is full of sadness It's packed on every crevice and corner like snow There are bottomless drifts if it beside Issy's beanbag in the lounge The sadness gives Jacob the shivers and he takes refuge in the gardenThe Bradley's are a Mormon family in England and their religious rituals faith in God and their uestioning of their faith are central elements in the story But it is ultimately about a family who love each otherFor Ian Bradley his faith and the church help him cope He is just so accepting of Issy's death because he believes it’s about the resurrection and that everything will be okay He is concerned about being removed as bishop so he covers up about what his wife is going through and he is less than truthful to church members There were times that I just didn’t like the man He can’t or doesn’t want to see what is happening to his family especially his wife and throughout the book he puts the church and its members before his family However I have to admit there were times when you could see his genuine griefIt is heartbreaking to see what Issy’s mom Claire is going through The depth of grief that a mother has at the loss of her child is so clearly depicted at the funeral home when she wants to take Issy’s body home for the weekend The funeral wasn't until Monday and she doesn't want Issy to be alone This touched a real place for me Many years ago my brother passed away and while he was 22 not a 4 year old child he was my mother's child I remember vividly that even though my parents had a cemetery plot they decided to bury my brother with my grandparents because my mother couldn't bear the thought that Sammy would be alone The grief of this mother is as real as it gets I had to catch my breath when I read that because I heard my mother saying it After the funeral Claire just wants to stay in bed Issy's bed and she sinks into the depths of depressionThe impact on the children is heartbreaking Sixteen year old Zippy and fourteen year old Al are typical teenagers in so many ways with the typical angst over boys and sports But they too are grieving and the loss of Issy impacts everything for them Jacob is seven years old and if this little boy doesn’t steal your heart no one can I think Jacob suffers the most next to his mom and the depth of his loss and just how much he misses his sister are evident in some poignant moments He reads Jack and the Beanstalk and he knows it’s not a miracle but a fairy tale “He wishes he could plant the magic beans at the bottom of the garden behind the hedge and watch an enormous stalk twist and stretch skyward And even though dad says heaven is not actually in the sky he wishes he could climb the stalk right up into the clouds and find Issy” Jacob believes in miracles He prayed a blessing over Issy’s dead goldfish “bless this sick and afflicted fish to be resurrected And it was or at least that's what Jacob thinks and so his he prays over Issy's grave for her to come backThis is a moving heartfelt story that will break your heart but will ultimately give you the hope that healing is possible with the love that a family shares

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Times bestselling author of Orphan Train   “ A Song for Issy Bradley is that rarest of things a book that is beautiful tender and a page turner Carys Bray made me fall hopelessly in love with each and every one of the Bradleys” Carol Rifka Brunt New York Times bestselling author of Tell the Wolves I’m Home   “I cannot remember the last time I have felt so emotionally invested in a novel It is brilliant and profoundly moving utterly compelling and almost unbearably real” Nathan Filer author of The Shock of the Fall   “Carys Bray is a strikingly original new voice in fiction I loved this tender moving funny and deeply truthful story about a family and a faith tested to the breaking point” Helen Dun author of The Lie and The Siege   “I loved A Song for Issy Bradley With courage warmth and intelligence Carys Bray sweetly and subtly breaks your heart It’s an incredible debut” Charlotte Mendelson author of Almost English and When We Were B. I cried on the train People saw I don't care This book is beautiful