Tiny by Kim Hooper
Turner Publishing Company: 6/11/19
eBook review copy; 368 pages
Tiny by Kim Hooper is a highly recommended about three people grieving and dealing with a tragedy.
Nate and Annie Forester's three year old daughter, Penny, was hit by a
truck in a tragic accident. Nate is in denial, trying to go on with
life and hold it all in. He has returned to work, because someone has to
bring in some money. Annie is inconsolable and unable to move beyond
her overwhelming grief. Annie doesn't comprehend how Nate can go on as
normal. The couple is becoming increasingly distant with each other as
they grow apart.
Josh is a young man who was driving the truck that hit Penny. It was
an accident. She ran out in front of his truck. He wasn't speeding, but
couldn't stop in time. The accident has also changed his life. He wants
to find a way to talk to Nate and Annie, to apologize. He begins
watching their house, when he sees Annie leave, suitcase in hand, one
morning and later sees Nate return home and subsequently distressed,
holding a note, presumably from Annie. From watching the couple, Josh
knows where Annie went - to a small community of people living in tiny
houses. He wants to tell Nate what he knows, but doesn't understand how
to approach him.
This is a heartbreaking novel as every person is grieving and unable
to meaningfully communicate and share their feelings and inner thoughts
with each other. The writing is very good. Hooper captures the
overwhelming grief all the characters are going through and how they are
acting after the tragedy. The death of a child is always difficult.
When it is due to an accident, when there is no clear fault, the
questions of what if can take over for everyone involved. Hooper handles
this in a compassionate and understanding way while propelling her
characters forward in her plot. The characters are all well developed
and you will care about what happens to all three of them. The ending is
a wonderful denouement and offers hope.
My review copy was courtesy of Turner Publishing Company.