Idea: This emotional memoir moves at the perfect pace to tell this sad, enlightening, and powerful story. David and Susan Wright's individual pieces meld perfectly to introduce the various plot points, treating both the sad and insightful moments with equal time and reflection.
Prose/Style: The authors’ separate voices can each be "heard" in the prose, yet they also meld beautifully to bring readers a narrative that's compelling and fully formed. Even the devastating moments at the center of this memoir are written about with grace, emotion, and care.
Originality: David and Susan Wright's experience is lovingly shared and explored. Yet, with their varying voices, they manage to make their son's story not his alone, but one that shines light on how an experience like this affects an entire family. This memoir is heart-wrenching and enlightening in equal measure.
Character Development/Execution: David and Susan Wright paint comprehensive "pictures" of Rion, Winston, and themselves. Each character in the family is complex and presented as fully formed. The characterization of their eldest son is especially nuanced and detailed. This presentation makes the main plot of the story even more emotionally resonant.
Date Submitted: January 25, 2021