RECENT REVIEW FOR HIS NAME WAS BEN
In a “small California town, nestled among oak, pepper and eucalyptus trees,” the once beautiful Sara is tired of facing her own mortality. As a nurse, she knows the taste of false hope. But the doctor offers a new cancer study that might save her, and a fellow patient offers renewed belief in beauty and love.
Paulette Mahurin’s His Name Was Ben is a fictionalized account of real people. Told frim Ben and Sara’s parallel points of view, it reads smoothly with just the right amount of evocative detail – scenery, history, Indian lore and spirituality, plus the all-too-real details of a body breaking down. Sensual and sensitive, it details the pain and loss of mastectomy, the power of friendship, the joy of sexuality, the dawning of love, and the pleasures of everyday life with equal aplomb. It’s a heady mix and an emotional roller-coaster that takes the reader through many highs and lows as life moves on toward inevitable truth.
The characters remind readers to “try entertaining gratitude” and follow their hearts. But this isn’t just a novel about facing illness. It’s also a tale that delves into childhood wounds that change us, the hurts that lie unseen below the surface, and the brokenness of families torn apart – the body, perhaps, as metaphor for the heart. By turns light and dark, hopeful and depressed, His Name was Ben is a captivating journey into the human soul, a study in trust, and a promise for the wounded places inside each of us.
May all readers realize “that what’s important… is living,” as they read this uplifting book.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.