Monday, July 9, 2012

It Doesn't Have To End This Way, Or Does It?

After reading the story, I couldn't ask. Not just because I didn't want to admit to being jealous, but because the story made the truth irrelevant. The telling was what mattered. So at least we believed then. I think now that we were wrong. What really happened does matter, even if we can only ever know it once it's too late to do anything about 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.

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