Fiction -Mystery-General

A Beautiful Land

Category:Fiction -Mystery-General

Author:Susan Beth Miller

  • Publisher: Boyle & Dalton
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2021
  • Number of Pages: 317
  • ISBN-10: 1633375161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633375161

In A Beautiful Land by Susan Beth Miller, Raissa's family's flight from political violence forces her to confront her deepest desires and darkest fears. Bound by memories and maternal longing, she risks everything to remain in her childhood home, only to find herself driven into a mysterious forest. With sparkling prose and distinctive voices, Miller crafts a tale of strained family ties, displacement, and strong echoes of maternal imagination. Raissa's journey is haunting, drawing readers into a world of struggle and delight where the line between love and desperation blurs.

A Beautiful Land by Susan Beth Miller is a captivating tale of survival and the enduring power of hope in a world torn apart by war and violence. Set against the backdrop of a community experiencing conflict, the novel follows the journey of Raissa and her family as they face the devastating consequences of war, loss, and the search for belonging. Miller weaves multiple narratives, each offering a unique perspective on the characters' challenges. From Raissa's daring escape from intruders to Dogood's journey of self-discovery in the forest, the novel is rich with poignant moments.

Raissa's encounter with Jacqueline, the woman who seeks to reconnect with her son, Dogood, is emotionally stirring. This moment of tension and emotion highlights the theme of motherhood, identity, and the bonds that tie the characters together. Raissa's struggle to protect her son while confronting the ghosts of her past is both heartbreaking and powerful, underscoring the sacrifices made in the name of love. Dogood's confrontation with his aunt Ritha, whose troubled past and complex emotions unsettle him, is another emotional moment in the story. This moment of familial tension exposes deep-seated trauma and reveals the liberating power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Dogood's journey towards understanding and empathy is beautifully portrayed.

Throughout the novel, Miller skillfully explores themes of survival, belonging, and the search for meaning in a world fraught with uncertainty. The characters' journeys are harrowing and inspiring, from Raissa's desperate bid for survival in the forest to Dogood's quest for identity and belonging. A Beautiful Land is a well-crafted novel with resonant themes for contemporary readers. The richly drawn setting, the intriguing characters, and the beautiful prose are elements that make it a stellar literary creation. 

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: May 10, 2024

Category: Fiction -Mystery-General