Christa Parrish has written a powerful contemporary novel that illustrates how faith and mercy bring the possibility of healing and hope in the worst of modern life. And the agents of change can be the most unlikely people. Ada was born into a fringe religious cult. When she finally escaped her "prophet"father at age 25 she was virtually an emotional child. She had only five months to begin to understand love and life when her famous photographer husband (and rescuer)Julian Goetz is killed in a plane crash. Knowing she does not belong back with her family, she must make her way alone, and begins by meeting each of the subjects of her husband's Pulitzer winning photographs.
At the same time, a mere hour away another family is in crisis. Karen Walker's world falls into a shambles as her family learns that she had given up her seat to Julian Goetz on that ill fated plane
so she could spend one more night with her lover, who just happens to be the father of her youngest son's best friend. As their small town gossips about the affair, the two broken families face the future in different ways. Karen's son, whose heart condition has always made him feel fragile, knows he must find Jullian's wife (Julian had been his hero) and make some kind of apology.
I can't describe any more without ruining the story. Let me end by saying that the alternating threads of the story join in a powerful way. Christa Parrish is a master at story telling and character development Despite the tragedy that begins this book, you will want to be with these characters and learn the lessons they are learning, especially Ada's. You will want to believe that there are people as good as Julian Goetz. I believe there are. And most importantly, you will end the book, hoping that Christa Parrish is busy writing another already. I received a copy of STILL LIFE from NETGALLEY for my honest review.