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Beautiful but Unlikely
The sun is warm; the cars race along the road; they don’t bother me. I’ve been reading the sky like the pages of a book. A story of love through the years and an ache in the soul.
A coming-of-age novel by Julie Weigley about finding your place in the world on your own terms in your own time; about how one’s sense of self-worth can be nurtured or not. The way the measure of a man should be taken—by the pursuit of money or the pursuit of justice—plus the arduous work of human rights advocacy are the other major themes woven throughout the story.
Amy Templeton is a recent college graduate full of private passions, but in need of public markers. She stumbles her way from crisis to crisis in her transformational journey from tennis star girlfriend tag-along to crazy cat woman to one of the starter housemate girls watching ‘for our knights, in the form of money or men.’ It’s through fellow housemate, Jean Ronnell, that Amy finds her vocation and validation in the form of hard labor for Human Rights International, and it’s through this work and her evolving relationship with Ross Fowler, HRI’s regional director—committed, stubborn, poor and likely to remain so—that she finds her backbone and moral compass. Paralleling the legend of her beloved Birman breed of cat, each of whom carries the soul of a priest, released to heaven upon the feline’s death, she manages to change over time, in her own time, from a virtually invisible spectator at loose ends to the type of purposeful individual she could once only admire.
Someone who would love you for what you could do, not tell you what you can’t do . . .