on 1 April 2013
EMORY'S GIFT tells of a father, emotionally crippled following the death of his wife, a son suffering from misplaced guilt, and a bear with human like qualities and the ability to communicate, who changed their lives. This sometimes amusing, sometime deeply moving and profound portrait of a father and son trying to salvage the tattered remnants of their lives reads like an autobiographical account of the events that shaped a young boys life and made him the man he is today.
The scenes between Charlie and Emory (the boy and the bear) while possessing a fairy tale quality still come across as being entirely possible. Perhaps it's because we want to believe in a world where animals are as important to our emotional and spiritual lives as humans, or maybe it's because the relationship between Charlie and Emory is so charming and enchanting OR.....maybe the idea of a world where goodness and love can triumph is so appealing we enjoy the feeling we get imagining it.
In the final analysis we are compelled to answer questions about our own needs, both spiritual and secular, and what part the animals that enrich our lives play in those needs. While not promoted as such, this would be a great book for the YA audience as well as anyone who loves a captivating story the leaves the reader with a case of the "warm fuzzys". Put it on your Christmas gift list along with author Cameron's first book A DOGS PURPOSE. They would make a great gift for those special "kids" in your life (whether they be 15 or 50)