Powerful novel imagines aftermath of a Newtown-like school shooting
Yes, at times it’s hard to read. When you pick up Rhiannon Navin’s debut novel Only Child (Knopf, 288 pp., ★★★ out of four), which tells the story of a Sandy Hook-like mass school shooting from the point of view of a 6-year-old boy who loses his brother, you’ll likely wince in painful recognition of its topic.
After all, the sheer madness of gun violence in America is still front and center in 2018. Understandably, many readers might hesitate before committing to a novel that asks you to deeply imagine one family’s terror and heartbreak during such an event.
But Only Child earns its worth... read more
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