A Book Review of Healing Maddie Brees
By Rebecca Brewster Stevenson
It’s a reckoning moment–the day you find a lump. The “C” word, cancer. With addictively grueling detail the narrative pulls us into Maddie’s diagnosis and discovery…but more so a self-discovery. The story flashes back and forth in time, shedding glimpses of Maddie’s first boyfriend, who stumbles upon a suspected gift of healing. Can he heal Maddie now, twenty years and a cancer diagnosis later? Maddie’s husband yearns to find out. But more than her physical healing is the looming question of her emotional scarring. Did she ever really get over her old flame? With poetic prose the author brings the scenes to life, upping the ante of gorgeous, meaningful writing.
Meanwhile, the toll her journey takes on her marriage drags her husband into dark waters that he can’t easily tread. The story unburies her past, erupts her present, and gives hope for a more honest future where pain may leave jagged scars but true healing comes from within. A must-read slowly unraveling tale that you’ll savor until the last word.
Rebecca Brewster Stevenson is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a master’s degree from Duke University and has lived in Durham, North Carolina for over 20 years with her husband and three children. HEALING MADDIE BREES is her first novel. Before dedicating herself to writing full time, Rebecca worked with Trinity School of Durham to develop the curriculum for the humanities department; she also worked as an English teacher at Cresset Christian Academy in Durham and at South Fayette Jr. Sr. High School in Pittsburgh.
Though HEALING MADDIE BREES is Rebecca’s debut novel, she has been writing for most of her life. Rebecca’s beautifully crafted personal essays on her blog “Small Hours” at rebeccabrewsterstevenson.com have earned her a strong audience of readers who enjoy her explorations of themes relating to family, marriage, faith, healing, writing, language, literature, and film. In her novel HEALING MADDIE BREES, Rebecca asks the question: How do our bodies–in disease, healing, marriage, brokenness–reflect the state of our souls, particularly within the union called marriage?
Rebecca is currently working on her second novel CHURCH AND MAIN. To connect with Rebecca, visit her at rebeccabrewsterstevenson.com.