The Long Highway Home

Elizabeth Musser. MacGregor, $15.99 trade paper (408p) ISBN 978-1-5323-1259-5
Musser (The Swan House), who has worked with Christian missions in Europe for over 25 years, infuses her real-life experience with refugees into this fictional Christian narrative that combines adventure and romance. Bobbie Blake has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer at age 39 and has less than a year left in her life to make things right. Her niece, Tracie, is suffering from a broken heart and a fractured relationship with God. When the two embark on a trip from Georgia to the Oasis, a mission community in Austria where Bobbie used to work, they both have to face their past in order to create a new future. Hamid is a refugee from Iran who was forced to flee, leaving his daughter and pregnant wife behind, when he was found with a copy of the New Testament. As he makes his harrowing journey, he begins to discover Jesus and develops a new faith. Meanwhile, his wife and daughter face their own nightmare. Filled with a strong supporting cast, this story interweaves many lives connected by mission and circumstance. While set in 2005, Musser’s tale is compelling and relevant due to the current political situation and conversation about refugees, offering a window into the hardships that refugees face. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/06/2017
Genre: Fiction
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