Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Consumer Critique: Migratory Animals

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Migratory Animals is a debut novel by Mary Helen Specht that explores a common phenomenon - when the well-intentioned plans of young adults in their 20s don't quite work out over the next decade as expected. 

The young scientist Flannery, engaged in Nigeria to Kunle, has to return to Austin after spending five years there. Unfortunately, her sister Molly has signs of Huntington's disease, and Flannery needs to decide if she'll return to love and science in Africa or stay with the comfort of home and family. She wrestles with this decision along with many of her friends, who have faced unexpected issues since college that change the course of their lives away from what they had planned.

It's a book that's easy to relate to. None of the things I envisioned in college actually turned out the way I thought they would. Yet, like many of the characters in the book, things turned out the way they were supposed to. Any young(ish) adult can identify with the struggles the characters face, even if the details are different.

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