In Search of Sticks simultaneously challenges the intellect while surfacing raw emotional response. James, by the standards one generally uses to measure a life, is accomplished. Still, he twists. What if, in the final analysis, it ends up being as much about that which wasn't done rather than just what was acted upon? Paths are chosen. Steps are taken.
A compelling parallel story unfolds – Hope’s African existence. It was emphatically stated that “God does not have favourites.” But is this true? A picture is painted and its canvas is littered with the likenesses of disease and poverty and the images of those trapped in the geography of violence. Despite the forms of tragedy that present themselves, this story is full of hope. The victories are told in the small tales and the sheer numbers who do not sell their souls
“The voice is distinct and beautiful;” very moving,“The voice is distinct and beautiful;” “very moving, well-crafted story;” “the plot itself – its timeliness, its human interest, and the emotion it creates – is a great strength.”
The Mighty Pen, Portland Oregon
This is a very powerfully written novel. Be prepared for an incredible emotional journey. The language is beautiful and the essential truths that appear within the details and its larger context give great pause for thought. It is a haunting piece, one which will not easily leave the reader. R. Kaneen is a skilled and talented storyteller.