Is this a novel? It is a novel, but it’s also a series of vignettes that become a greater whole. The stories in A Little Hope are based in a small, fictional, Connecticut city. The main characters include a family becoming dysfunctional in real time, a widow grieving, and the Tyler couple. All of which are nicely developed.
I had a sense of the stakes and lives within this novel within a couple paragraphs, a sense of the small-knit life of nothing metropolis’. Even the more ambitious chapters (which I keep calling stories), such as The Star in the Box, land very very well, brimming with drama. Especially for a debut.