A Song for Issy Bradley

A Song for Issy Bradley

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"The six members of the Bradley family have always been close. But in the wake of a tragedy that leaves a hole in the very center of their lives, they suddenly find themselves coming apart. Claire, a convert to the Mormon faith, is so shattered by what's happened that she can't even bring herself to get out of bed. Her husband, Ian, however is more secure in his belief that everything happens for a reason. As a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he's utterly consumed with ministering to his congregation, even as his family falls to pieces all around him. Zippy, seventeen and 100% sure she's on the path to righteousness, struggles to balance the demands of the church and the attentions of a boy. Al, fourteen, chafes at his father's platitudes and skips school to play soccer in the park with his friends. And last but not least, Jacob, seven, is working on resurrecting his goldfish in the hopes of performing a much larger miracle, one that might put everyone in his family back in their right place. A Song for Issy Bradley is a brilliant and heartfelt debut, a gorgeously written and keenly observed meditation on the enduring bonds of faith and family"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553390889
Branch Call Number: FICTION BRAY CARYS
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Song for Issy Bradley


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

A Song for Issy Bradley is a remarkable book. The characters are engaging. The story is tender and compelling. This is one of those books that is difficult to put down. This novel is surprisingly funny at times, and even more surprisingly eloquent when it seems the writer may be bordering Hallmark-style fluff. Readers of moving family dramas will likely enjoy this one.

Feb 27, 2015

A beautifully written book that gives insights into a devout Morman family struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of their 4 year-old daughter/sister from meningitis. For some family members religion provides comfort and certainty, but for others it fails, leaving them bewildered, exasperated and despairing. The author maps these individual struggles with belief and grief with great skill and sensitivity.

madison382 Dec 19, 2014

For a first time writer, Ms. Bray totally nailed this book. She made you angry, sad, but there were funny moments as well. It gives you a real insight into a religious fanatic’s life.

Nov 17, 2014

Beautiful story of how each member of a family handles the death of a member and how that grief is influenced by their faith or lack there of. Would highly reccomend.


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