I had never read anything by Charles Martin, but I needed something to read. I picked this just from reading the book jacket, no personal recommendations. I am not sorry I picked it up. It made me cry, it made me laugh, and it made me want more.
Nancy Pearl, a Seattle librarian, has the rule of 50, regarding books. “Pearl’sapproach to enjoying reading is the Rule of 50 which states ‘If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages”…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pearl
I listened to the eAudio edition of this book and I'm am not sure how many minutes, 50 pages is, but Catching Fireflies grabbed me in the first 15 minutes.
From Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Fireflies-A-Novel-Discovery/dp/B001KBZ68Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1338398092&sr=8-3“ Just before T-boning her Impala into a train, a woman on a suicide run kicks her horrifically abused little boy, known only as Snoot—or to the state, John Doe 117—out of the car. Chase Walker, a reporter for the Brunswick Daily in Glen County, Ga., is assigned to follow up on the boy, whose abandonment mirrors Chase's own haunted past. The little boy, apparently mute, is an artistic prodigy who excels at chess ….”
I loved the characters, Uncle Willie, who always came up with idioms, (as out of place as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs) that usually didn’t make much sense, Chase, the newspaper reporter, who was trying to solve a 30 year old mystery, Chase’s cousin Tommye, who has spent years in California, among others.
I think the characters are real; they have faults, secrets, quirks, but are caring, and loving, funny and sad. I want to spend more time with these people. I can hardly wait to read more of Martin’s work.