By Nettie Zoble
The River, By Moonlight, a Novel by Camille Marchetta’s is a tribute to life. Ironically, in that it is a story about the suicide of Lily, a woman as delicate as her flower namesake; and how her suicide affects the lives of those who loved her.
The book opens with Lily’s mother being notified of her suicide. Lily kills herself by jumping in the Hudson River at night – by moonlight – in
There are so many underlying stories as well: World War I is about to start; the challenges of being an immigrant in America; and growing old and lonely. The book is so well developed that each of these issues is adequately addressed and made poignant.
Reading a book about depression and suicide has the potential for being depressing or overwhelming. This one is filled with hope. Camille Marchetta’s treatment of depression (read bi-polar in today’s world) and suicide is inspiring. She gives the reader a sense of hope and the strength to go on after experiencing a loss and reconnects them with God.
This is a book for parents, friends and readers all looking for hope and peace.