Monday, July 9, 2012
It Doesn't Have To End This Way, Or Does It?
What Happened To Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha
2012, 256 pp
Are we each other's creations? Can we write a different ending? What is the nature of God and is he a participant in the creative process?
These are questions that seemed to present themselves while I was reading What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher Beha. The book covers some interesting topics, in a new and surprising way. The story is told from two points of view: Sophie's, written in the third person, and Charlie's, written in the first person. Time also collides and overlaps. It is slightly disorienting -- in an intriguing way.
I found myself in awe at the genius of this book and will be thinking about it for a long time. It's a short book and it is told by an expert craftsman, but it is not necessarily an easy read. I came away somewhat dazed and confused, and I still would not be able to tell you what exactly, and with certainty, happened to Sophie Wilder. And that, I think, is the point.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys having their head spun around by a book.