Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The World Came to Us” by Molly D. Campbell, The Story Planet, October 2019 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Molly D. Campbell, author of “The World Came to Us” has written a captivating, unique, intriguing, emotional and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this Novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is in the author’s present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated. The characters are different physically or emotionally from what the community or society’s expectations might be. The themes in the story are acceptance, friendship, kindness, and anti-bullying.
I appreciate the way Molly D. Campbell tells her story and vividly describes the feelings and characteristics of her characters. Tommy Poole comes back to live at home with her mom Meg, after the death of Meg’s wife, and Tommy’s Mommy, with her sweet lovable Pit Bull. Both decide to grieve and live a year as recluses. Tommy can work her job at the house and go out at night. Tommy’s parents were lesbians and the sperm-donor is her Uncle, who she could never acknowledge as her father. Tommy has some dark secrets she has been keeping to herself.
In a subtle way, this story reminds me of a children’s book, “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchens. The Grandmother makes a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and of course, her grandchildren are excited. The doorbell keeps ringing, and more and more people come, and they all have to share the cookies. The intent of Tommy and Meg is just to be reclusive, but somehow that might not be possible.
Tommy’s Uncle comes to visit, and next Tommy’s best friend and new Pit Bull come and move in. As Tommy meets more characters, they seem to join in as well. There is also symbolism in this story. Just as Pit Bulls are often seen as fighting dogs, they are loving and loyal. There is a lot of bad press about these wonderful dogs. The people in this story are looked upon as outcasts for physical characteristics, or lifestyle choices. I do love the way the author addresses bullying and makes it a part of the story. I would highly recommend this unique and thought-provoking novel.