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.
Sissy: Have you ever read a book that was so beautifully written that you became lost in it, yet at the same time made you feel such a broad range of emotions that you felt completely spent after reading it? I give you The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon. Amy is as much a magician as a writer because her books are full of enchanted words that cast a spell over the reader. I am glad there are months between each book publication because if I read Amy Harmon every week I would simply feel too much and need a Valium.
Bubby: I would like to compare this book to a symphony or a sculpture – it’s so lovely that it’s almost painful sometimes. There’s such a good balance, though. There’s humor and romance, angst and sorrow and even a dark and creepy mystery thread woven through the whole story. There is one part of the story line that was really difficult to read for me. I can’t give details because hello, spoilers! but the way Amy wrote about the situation turned it from something agonizing into a celebration of love and happiness.
Sissy: So many layers! I loved the paranormal aspect of it, and the anxiety-inducing serial killer subplot. I appreciated the treatment of the afterlife–it is what I believe and find comforting. I’m just grateful for Amy Harmon’s brain and imagination that come up with such interesting, clever, weird, lovely things. I mean, a crack baby who sees and receives images from dead people, paints like a master, and in whose life story the author manages to weave in these wonderful parallels from the story of Moses–who thinks up stuff like that?
Bubby: Yeah, she’s pretty amazing. And she’s not even paying us to say this stuff! I have two parts of the story that really moved me. The first is the character of Tag. He’s just the perfect foil for Moses and brings out the best in him. And he’s so funny! The second is Georgia’s 5 greats, the habit she has of listing off 5 things she’s thankful for at any given moment. For example, right now my 5 greats are diet cherry limeade, my nephew’s singing, chocolate cookies studded with M&Ms, warm sweaters and fall colors. My favorite Amy Harmon book to date has been Running Barefoot, which is set in the same town as The Law of Moses. I was thrilled that the two main characters from Running Barefoot made a few cameos in this new book.
Sissy: I love the 5 greats concept also. I want to tattoo it to the inside of my eyelids so that I can remember to always have that mindset. Is Running Barefoot still your favorite or has The Law of Moses surpassed it?
Bubby: Well, they share a couple characters, so that means that technically they are the same book. So they can both be my favorite. That works, right?
Sissy: On what planet does that make them the same book? Planet Bubby’s Insanity? Let’s go back to Earth (and reality) now. I’ve loved all of Amy Harmon’s books but my top three (in no particular order) are Running Barefoot, Making Faces and The Law of Moses. My daughter (who has had a crazy semester double majoring, working full time, doing an internship all at once, and has not been able to read a book in months) plans to come home for the holidays and read all 7 of Amy Harmon’s books – but not my signed copies! The Law of Moses is a truly brilliant and beautifully written novel. In the end, though, it is an exquisite love story that no one should miss. This is one of the very few books that would earn a 5 star review from me.
Bubby: Amy Harmon has truly done it again.
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