Caroline's death two years ago fractured the relationship between her husband, Mitch, and their daughter, Bea. Bea left home shortly afterward for college and then married. Unexpected circumstances bring Bea, her husband Jeremy, and their cat Steve back to her childhood home. While Mitch hopes to mend their relationship, there are problems. Mitch wasn't brought up to live with an indoor animal. Steve is an indoor cat. Mitch doesn't think much of his unemployed son-in-law and the feeling might be mutual. There is something wrong with Mitch's mother and if all this isn't enough, Bea is pregnant. Is there any way this family can find their way back to each other?
At its heart, A FLICKER OF LIGHT by Katie Powner deals with transitions. Katie Powner provides a rich exploration and a sensitive portrayal of a family that is hurting. The narrative follows the characters as they struggle to come to grips with their loss and how to adjust to their new future. Conflict exists and one character harbors a shocking secret. The author skillfully manages multiple points of view to tell the stories.
Katie Powner is a tremendously gifted storyteller. This is a wonderfully readable novel about the power of family and community. Highly recommended.
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody's got one, even the poorest among us.
For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.
When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she's pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she's forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that's going on.
Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he's unimpressed with Bea's decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young--and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he's always envisioned for her, but she's changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he's changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.
Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there's one she's never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same.