Repairing Rainbows Book Review

Friday, December 17, 2010

I just finished reading "Repairing Rainbows" by Lynda Fishman.

At thirteen years old Lynda's life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.

Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.

In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between truly living and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.

Lynda describes life before the tragic accident and life afterward with such candor and recollection, it's amazing how her spirit survived with such hope. Her struggle to live through and overcome such a great loss and hardships that incurred is a great story of hope.

We often hear of sudden accidents like this, but don't think beyond that moment. How the families cope and continue to exist in the face of such a great loss. Lynda's story reminds us that tragic accidents live on and affect many for years to come.

Though I enjoyed reading this incredible story, parts of the writing didn't flow with the general tone of the story.