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Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite
Nebraska's Map is a real treasure of its own. Roger Ladd Memmott has created a world of uncertainty to surround his volatile, over-thinking characters, whose intricately woven existence is both insular and dangerous. Rubi and Wyatt share a common love, birthed during primary school and blossoming into an honest and compatible friendship. They are best friends turned lovers, but confused by a familial affection which points an incestuous finger at their relationship. Both have separately pressed the self-destruct button in younger lives and the detritus has and will carry forward now, threatening to stain their future irrevocably. The presence of the unnamed and unknown man and child in the barn adds an incredible dimension to the storyline—as a simple act of kindness during a cold Christmas, which Rubi clings to as an act of redemption—and has the power to change everything. Each of these delightful characters will find in each other something they never recalled losing.
The little girl with no name is so well drawn that the reader falls in love with her from the start. She has innocence and vulnerability with a realistic feistiness, which makes her both endearing and scary. Roger Memmott makes a perceptive parallel between the child and Rubi, demonstrating how the search for redemption is best found through the act of redeeming. Desperate to save herself, Rubi ends up saving the loveless little girl. I loved her quaint colloquial speech, which was both genius and very hard to pull off. The character portrayal is the most skillful and endearing part of the novel, introspective enough to stand confidently alongside D.H. Lawrence's 'Sons and Lovers.' The powerful descriptions are intricate and frequent. The storyline is effective and gripping enough to keep the reader fast-pedaling through the pages, but it is the involvement in the soup of human emotions that is most rewarding. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone wanting more than your average story.