Imagine, if you will, that you have been transported into the head of an angry person. You know their thoughts, you feel their emotion, you are angry and you lash out irrationally, just like them.
Such is the premise of Tuesday Night Miracles. Kris Radish creates a story of four women, each angry in different ways, but put together in the same anger management class with a soon-to-be-retired therapist. Each chapter is from the point of view of one of these women, and Radish brilliantly constructs each character; each feels different, is different, and the depth of development that Radish achieves is nothing short of astounding. We meet Kit, youngest girl in a family of brothers; Jane, a real estate mogul whose business the economy has torn apart; Grace, an overworked single mother in the medical field; Leah, a victim of abuse, only recently arriving at a safe house with her children.
These characters are drastically different, yet with real human issues and roadblocks. I saw myself a little in each of them, which to me signals a well-researched and written novel.
You’ll find yourself cheering for these women, celebrating their victories, crying at their failures, laughing with their sheer exasperation. And you’ll also find yourself rooting for them, needing them to fix themselves and grow as a human being, into the person you know they can be. I didn’t want this book to end; well done, Radish. I sincerely look forward to more exciting novels from you.