Available Here! – The Ash Family by Molly Dektar
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was my Book Club’s pick for October! The story wasn’t quite what I was expecting, which is usually a good thing. The book brought good discussion in our group as there were many interesting topics pertaining to the story.
Berie is the main character who isn’t sure the life she is currently living, is the one she actually wants to be living. As if her thoughts produced an entity, she meets a somewhat seductive but mysterious guy while waiting at the bus station where she is supposed to be boarding to go to college. They strike up a conversation, a bit too easily if you ask me since they were strangers to each other. Here folks is where I realized first how naive Berie’s character was.
Mr. Mysterious convinces her in a very short time whilst standing at the bus station, that she should come with him and visit his family’s farm. With the promise of this new more exciting life, Berie goes with him……..yes I know what you’re thinking, I thought the same thing. What on earth is this girl doing.
Once they arrive to the Ash Family Farm, she finds that his family aren’t blood relation, but a community of sorts. This ‘family’ has been living off the grid, using their own fertile lad to grow food and survive using their own sources. Berie, now renamed Harmony, renounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear………
This is a strange story and the ending leaves you hanging, but you’ll find yourself shocked, not surprised shocked, but the kind that makes you want to say…WHAT IN THE WORLD IS SHE THINKING.
Book Club Discussion Questions from Luggage and Literature ——