“These are not easy assignments, but I know you are up to the task. Keep an open heart, try not to worry about what anyone else might think, and please be honest. This journey is all about self-discovery or rediscovery, but I know you have already figured that out. Right?” – Dr. Bayer
Dr. Olivia Bayer has a new assignment, actually, she has four. Four very angry, emotionally charged, unhappy to be assigned, assignments. Kit, the only girl in a family of five, tired of being belittled and bullied, Grace, a hard working single mother with a gay daughter and one eager to rebel at the drop of a hat, Jane, a wealthy, but currently unemployed, real estate agent, struggling with her new society status and Leah, a domestic violence victim with two young children about to start a new life.
All four women have one thing in common. They’re all unwilling, court mandated participants in Dr. Bayer’s Tuesday night, anger management course. Kit beat her brother with a broken wine bottle, Grace rear ended, repeatedly, the back of her daughter’s boyfriend’s car, Jane’s stilettos were used as weapons against her boss’ head and Leah, abhorrent of violence, raised her hands on her young children. One time incident, or accidental, it doesn’t matter, each woman has to pay penance in Dr. Bayer’s class until which time as the good doctor feels each woman has successfully completed her assignments.
From the onset, it appears the women will all fail. Inattentive, surly and, well, angry, none of the women seem to understand or grasp the severity of their actions and Dr. Bayer is certain she will be signing their jail sentence papers, as opposed to completion forms, at the end of the course. Determined to help the women, Olivia gets creative. With the quasi-blessing of her superior, Olivia creates assignments that involve hiking, comedy clubs, working out, pedicures, bowling, archery and the likes. All things the women, under any other circumstances, would never do, let alone think of. Taking their individual needs and personalities in to account, Olivia formulates a healing process that will first force the women to see themselves, as others do, and find the source of their anger.
What ensues, is a story filled with emotional overload, remorse, sadness, love and loss. Turmoil fuses with repentance, anger with laughter, and together, the four women, guided by their competent (but worried) doctor, begin the slow, painful journey back to themselves, before the anger took control.
Readers are given an intimate view of each of the character’s lives and what led up to their one moment of violence. There is heartache and open wounds that are laid bare for all to share. There is jealousy, intimidation, relationships are tested and pushed past the breaking point, while others are formed, new, fresh and unlike anything ever experienced before. These women are so varied and unique that any reader can find one to relate to and that sudden click in empathy opens up the possibility that at any given time, any one of us, could do something similar.
Edgy, very deep and utterly charming, Tuesday Night Miracles is the perfect read for a rainy night, cup of hot chocolate and a fluffy blanket. A nice combination of sweet and sour, Tuesday Night Miracles is basically chick lit gone wild. Good fun from start to finish.
Also by Kris Radish: Hearts on a String
Claudia lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband and two children.
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