About the Book
Betty Sweet never expected to be a widow at 40. With so much life still in front of her, she tries to figure out what’s next. She couldn’t have imagined what God had in mind. When her estranged sister is committed to a sanitarium, Betty finds herself taking on the care of a 5-year-old nephew she never knew she had.
In 1960s LaFontaine, Michigan, they make an odd pair. Betty with her pink button nose and bouffant hair. Hugo with his light brown skin and large brown eyes. But more powerful than what makes them different is what they share: the heartache of an empty space in their lives. Slowly, they will learn to trust one another as they discover common ground and healing through the magic of storytelling.
Award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner offers fans a novel that invites us to rediscover the power of story to open the doors of our hearts.
In My Opinion
Susie Finkbeiner is fast becoming one of my tap favorite authors. Her ability to share a story about life without sensationalism or over-the-top drama or action is superb.
Stories That Bind Us hits some hard topics that are relevant, including grief, mental illness, and prejudice.
Betty Sweet is grieving the loss of her husband. When little Hugo is brought into her life, her love and care for her nephew help her heal as well.
Finkbeiner weaves a tale where the joys of life exist within the grief, where love and family help us cope, and where hope is told through stories.
If you have not yet read a book written by Finkbeiner, you are missing out.
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