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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Murray Pura’s Zo is captivating in its poetic-like narration. Every word on every page has a reason and a place. It is part of a series, and continues to have the same impactful, resonating quality that Murray Pura’s work is known for. In Zo we find ourselves as readers placed in a situation that greatly touches upon religious factors, but in a way, that has not been seen before. There is a toughness to it and also a softness that intermingles within it to give it a 3-D world experience.
From beginning to end I was completely captivated with Murray Pura’s book, Zo. I don’t want to give any of it away, because that’s like telling you what’s in your gift box right as you’re starting to tear open the paper. I can say that it takes you on a journey into the past that will make you yearn for your own memories of childhood, but it will also make you feel blessed that you didn’t have to endure some of what transpired in the lives of Andrew and Zo Chornavka, and their other family members. There are moments that are so visceral in places that at times it makes you want to turn away from the page in its absolute capture of what I can only describe as devastation, without giving anything away.
This is one of only a few books that has left me feeling out of my body. It has an effect that no reader will be able to ignore; it will grip you and you will not be the same afterward. If God came to me and said that I could only recommend one book in my entire life, this would be that book. It shook me.