I was captivated and intrigued by “The Smallest Part” by Amy Harmon, In the beginning of the book, it says “In the end, only tree things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you” The Genres for this book are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Contemporary Fiction, with an essence of Psychic Ability and Magical Realism. The timing of the story is in the past when the characters were children , in the present, and for a hopeful and better future.
The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, mostly likable, and quirky. Noah and Mercedes were always good childhood friends. Cora moved into the development, and the three became great friends. Noah and Cora came from dysfunctional homes. As the years pass the three friends are very close. Noah decides to enter the military. Mercedes tells the biggest lie of her life when Cora asks her if she loves Noah. Mercedes tells Cora, she loves Noah as a brother. Cora and Noah get married, and have a little girl.
Mercedes proves to be the most loyal wonderful friend and godmother to Noah, Cora and Gia. When tragedy occurs, Mercedes proves to be a strong, loyal friend and advocate.Will Mercedes ever have happiness ?
I appreciate the way Amy Harmon, discusses important and significant contemporary issues in society: PSTD, suicide, metal illness, homeless people, and drugs. The author also writes about the importance of friendship, family, friends, loyalty, faith and hope.
I would highly recommend this story for readers of Contemporary Fiction. I received An Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.