Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The View From Here” by Hannah McKinnon, Atria, 6/20
Hannah McKinnon, author of “The View from Here” has written a captivating, enthralling, and memorable story. The genres for this novel are contemporary fiction, domestic fiction, women’s fiction, and fiction. The timeline for the story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place around a lake in Connecticut and involves the family getting together. The author describes her colorful and dramatic cast of characters as each having their own sets of problems.
Three siblings, Perry, Jake, and Phoebe “Goodwin” are so very different but make a united front for their grandmother’s 97th Birthday party. Each has their own personalities and idiosyncrasies. Jake is bringing home a lady friend with a selectively mute child. The siblings don’t seem to communicate their problems well. Perry and Phoebe are married and have children. Jake seems to be easy-going and fun-loving.
A tragedy makes the Goodwin family questions the meaning of family, love, and acceptance. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking story.