Mar 30, 2020
A Song for Issy Bradley
Posted by Carys Bray

A mesmerizing literary debut novel of doubt, faith, and perseverance in the aftermath of a family tragedy for fans of Me Before You, Little Bee, and Tell the Wolves I m Home The Bradleys see the world as a place where miracles are possible, and where nothing is important than family This is their story It is the story of Ian Bradley husband, father, math teacher,A mesmerizing literary debut novel of doubt, faith, and perseverance in the aftermath of a family tragedy for fans of Me Before You, Little Bee, and Tell the Wolves I m Home The Bradleys see the world as a place where miracles are possible, and where nothing is important than family This is their story It is the story of Ian Bradley husband, father, math teacher, and Mormon bishop and his unshakeable belief that everything will turn out all right if he can only endure to the end, like the pioneers did It is the story of his wife, Claire, her lonely wait for a sign from God, and her desperate need for life to pause while she comes to terms with tragedy And it is the story of their children sixteen year old Zippy, experiencing the throes of first love cynical fourteen year old Al, who would rather play soccer than read the Book of Mormon and seven year old Jacob, whose faith is bigger than a mustard seed probably bigger than a toffee candy, he thinks and which he s planning to use to mend his broken family with a miracle Intensely moving, unexpectedly funny, and deeply observed, A Song for Issy Bradley explores the outer reaches of doubt and faith, and of a family trying to figure out how to carry on when the innermost workings of their world have broken apart Praise for A Song for Issy Bradley I loved A Song for Issy Bradley It s wry, smart moving and comforting A terrific book about faith, and what happens to that faith when the unimaginable happens Nick Hornby In this wry, original, generous spirited debut novel, members of a family come to terms with grief, each in his or her own way They wrestle with belief and disillusionment, desire and hopelessness, pervasive sorrow and moments of transcendent joy The result is riveting, powerful, and quietly devastating Quite simply, A Song for Issy Bradley took my breath away Christina Baker Kline, 1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train A Song for Issy Bradley is that rarest of things a book that is beautiful, tender, and a page turner Carys Bray made me fall hopelessly in love with each and every one of the Bradleys Carol Rifka Brunt, New York Times bestselling author of Tell the Wolves I m Home I cannot remember the last time I have felt so emotionally invested in a novel It is brilliant and profoundly moving, utterly compelling and almost unbearably real Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall Carys Bray is a strikingly original new voice in fiction I loved this tender, moving, funny, and deeply truthful story about a family and a faith tested to the breaking point Helen Dun, author of The Lie and The Siege I loved A Song for Issy Bradley With courage, warmth, and intelligence, Carys Bray sweetly and subtly breaks your heart It s an incredible debut Charlotte Mendelson, author of Almost English and When We Were Bad

  • Title: A Song for Issy Bradley
  • Author: Carys Bray
  • ISBN: 9780091954376
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Song for Issy Bradley A mesmerizing literary debut novel of doubt faith and perseverance in the aftermath of a family tragedy for fans of Me Before You Little Bee and Tell the Wolves I m Home The Bradleys see the world

    Diane S ☔

    I know so very little about the Mormon faith, so that was my motivation for reading this book. What I found inside was a wonderful surprise. A family sorely tested after a tragedy, a family that was so invested in their faith and now found themselves struggling to align their faith with what had happened. The story is told in alternating chapters by the five family members, Clare, the mother, Ian the father and Bishop of their church, Zippy a young girl struggling to find her place, Alma, a youn [...]


    Dem

    2.5 StarsA stroy about a mormon family and their struggles with life and faith. We read about a broken family hoping for miracles so they can carry on when their world falls apart.I think perhaps my expectations were too high when I began reading this novel. And while I didn't dislike it, it just didn't float my boat either. I enjoy reading about different religions and am always interested to learn something new. However I didn't connect with any of the characters in this novel. Half ways throu [...]


    Rebecca Foster

    (4.5) Where I grew up, in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C any trip on the Beltway had us pass the Mormon Temple in Kensington. This giant structure, gleaming white and gold and topped by an eighteen-foot statue of the angel Moroni, is visible for miles around. I remember being intrigued by it, wondering how it differed from our own Protestant church and what might happen there.Carys Bray can offer a genuine insider’s view: she was raised a devout Mormon but left the faith in her early [...]


    Angela M

    If you have read anything about this novel, you know that it’s about a grieving family. If you don’t want to know at this point what tragedy caused this grief, you may want to stop reading this now. I find that it’s just not possible for me to write a review about how I feel about this story and not talk about what happens to Issy Bradley and her family.***************************************************************************************************SPOILER ALERTFour year old Issy Bradley [...]


    Jen Campbell

    I cried on the train. People saw. I don't care. This book is beautiful.


    Richelle Wilson

    I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book through First Reads. Just as I was beginning to think I'd never be a randomly selected winner of anything it's a miracle!As a quick caveat, my reflections are certainly influenced by the fact that I'm a Mormon reading about Mormons. I started the novel with every intention of appraising it based on its literary merit rather than whether or not its depiction of Mormonism resonates with my own experience. However, I quickly found it difficult [...]


    Susan

    3.5*I found this book almost unbearably sad's about a family tragedy, and how it affects the different members of that family.It's also about the Mormon faith, something I knew very little about, so from this point of view, it was something of an education.There are some very well drawn characters, one who made me angry, and some who broke my heart, and actually made me cry. Not a favourite book, but one I'm glad to have read, even though its theme made reading it quite difficult at times.


    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray is a very highly recommended novel about a family experiencing a tragic death and how they all handle the aftermath.The Bradleys are an LDS (Mormon) family living in the UK. Parents Ian and Claire have four children: daughter Zippy is sixteen, son Al is fourteen, son Jacob is seven, and the youngest daughter is Issy. A Song for Issy Bradley opens on the morning of Jacob's seventh birthday. Claire is trying to get things ready for his party and has been promi [...]


    ☮Karen

    "About the author: Carys Bray was brought up in a strict Mormon family. In her early thirties she left the church and replaced religion with writing." This is her first novel. I get this feeling that Ms. Bray may not have much appreciated the teachings of Mormonism, as I read about the Bradley family dealing with their grief after losing a loved one. The father Ian is a Bishop of the Mormon church who cannot even decide whether he is allowed to openly grieve alongside his family or act instead i [...]


    AdiTurbo

    Something is missing in this novel. It has some very interesting themes, but it never goes deep enough into any of them. Age old questions of faith - why do bad things happen to self-proclaimed good people, for example, are never dealt with philosophically or practically. Even though dramatic and tragic things happen in this novel, it does not have the emotional power it should. Instead, it feels sometimes like a young adult novel, as many have already commented, or as a soapy tear-jerker. No on [...]


    ☕Laura

    This was such a wonderful, wonderful book. It is the story of a the Bradleys, a Mormon family whose lives are suddenly shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. It is the story of how each of them comes to terms with the loss of one of their own while seeking his or her own place within their Mormon faith and in the wider world. The characters in this book are authentic and endearing, imperfect and human. The writing is beautiful and engaging. I feel fortunate to have received this book for free thro [...]


    Netta

    הספר הזה ריסק לי את הלב. לא קראתי ספוילרים לפני שניגשתי אליו, ואולי בשל כך צלחתי את לב ליבו תוך שאני ממררת בבכי. משפחת ברדלי נכנסה לי ללב. אם המשפחה נגעה ללבי מאד, ואילו אבי המשפחה עורר בי זעם ובוז. דווקא לקראת הסוף ניכר בו שיפור, אך הוא עדיין אדם נוראי בעיניי. אהבתי את דמותו של ג' [...]


    Jennifer

    I could feel pieces of my heart crumbling off while I read this. A story about reanalyzing faith after a tragedy, and about how family members often live in vastly different worlds even as they sit at the same dinner table every night. I loved being in the heads of all the Bradleys (especially the youngest son, Jacob), and I'll miss spending time with them. A beautiful book.


    Ali

    Received from the publishers in return for an honest reviewI seem to have been hearing people talk about this book on Twitter for months – and it’s not even out here in the UK until Thursday. I know a number of other bloggers – if they haven’t already – will be sharing their thoughts about this book too – so you can expect to see a lot about this novel in the coming weeks and months.There are some topics about which it is always hard to think about and therefore just as hard to read [...]


    Cindi

    Originally posted at utahmomslife/2014For years I've longed to see literature written for a wider audience featuring members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or at the very least some LDS characters. I hoped to see accurate and fair portrayals so that readers could get a glimpse of the lives of members. A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray is about a Latter-day Saint family living in Great Britian. Bishop Bradley leads his family as he strives to follow each commandment and ru [...]


    Rachel Hall

    I approached this novel from a rather sceptical standpoint; as an atheist and someone who knew little of the beliefs held by Mormons. I was intrigued to read how the challenges that the characters faced after the death of the youngest family member, particularly those regarding their beliefs and faith system played out upon their lives, and if these would hold any significance or interest for a non-believer. The resounding answer was yes!This novel is deeply moving and well observed, and without [...]


    Kimberly

    I received a free copy of this book through First Reads. Thanks!Guhhh. I really honestly don't know how I felt about this one. I wish it was a book-club read because I'd love to discuss it. It feels weird to tag this as Christian fiction, because it's actually Mormon fiction, and while Mormons are Christians (as far as I can tell) they have their own brand of religious whatnot going on. For a while I was wondering if the author was trying to show us how selfish and one-sided this kind of life c [...]


    Gina

    As a Mormon, I thought I would love this book, an honest story about a Mormon family coping with loss. But I found the Mormonism in the book to be somewhere between repellant and horrifying. It is clearly an insiders view, and there is nothing technically incorrect, but it felt like all our worst moments and tendencies on display (chewing gum lesson, teenage girls in wedding dresses, neurotic unmarried 29yo, obsessive end of days weirdness, kitschy RS crafts, self-justifying “sympathy” cards [...]


    Rikke Simonsen

    Denne bog var yderst lærerig og meget rørende. Vi følger en familie, som er ved at krakelere efter deres yngste medlem er død, og de prøver så krampagtigt at holde fast i deres tro - at det hele nok skal gå, Gud har bestemt det og de vil møde Issy i livet efter døden. Jeg havde lidt svært ved at bogen var så religiøs, da det involverede meget med Gud, meningen med livet og efterlivet ifølge ham, regler, der skal følges osv. men på den anden side, så blev jeg også oplyst på det [...]


    Siv30

    אב המשפחה פשוט פוץ ואדיוט אין מילים אחרות לתאר את ההתנהגות האטומה שלו בזמן הטרגדיה. כן, כל אדם מתאבל אחרת, כל אדם חווה את הטראומה אחרת, אבל כדמות מרכזית בקהילה שלו יש משהו עקר ומטמטם חושים בהתנהגות שלו כלפי משפחתו, אישתו והילדים. בהמיות מהסוג הנמוך ביותר במסווה של גדולה וקדושה. [...]


    Maureen

    4 stars on the quality of the writing alone. The story made me sad and feel like I had a big rock in my gut. The character, Alma, was the only voice of reason in this book, and I despised Ian. I won't go into a ton of detail; any of you who are my friends can PM me and I will explain further- so long as you promise to not be offended by my response. The best way I can sum up the gist,tone and mise en scene (if that wasn't a term used for film) of this story, and what these tragic characters have [...]


    Alena

    I really loved this family story of grief and faith. I hope to come back to a full review later.


    Kayla Staniland

    I can't review the book I can't do it justice. Just found it heartbreaking and beautiful.


    Ryan Dejonghe

    I did not expect this, nor did I see this coming; I’m having major flashbacks. This book involving a devout Mormon family struck close to home with my own involvement in a similar faith-by-works religious organization. The brothers, the sisters (neither bound by blood, but by religion)…even the table-side prayers: it all rung so true—frighteningly so.I have seen and have been lured by the same dogma and devotion that causes fathers, like Issy’s here, to forsake the natural bond of family [...]


    Jen

    I gave this book three stars because the story was so compelling. But I don't recall ever reading a book where the characters were so one dimensional. They are all members of the Church, but it focuses on all the hard things about being a Mormon and not at all on the joys. I read my scriptures almost every day, but I don't spout scriptures in every conversation or even have them going through my head in a running commentary like the characters in this story. There was no room for repentance and [...]


    Anne

    An excellent book, engaging and interesting. It explores several themes, religious belief, bereavement, grief and tragedy. The Issy Bradley in the title is the daughter of a devout Mormon family, Issy dies in the first part of the book, tragically young, from meningitis and the book explores the family's response to this event, her brothers and sister, their response, her parents reacting differently each stricken in their own way.There can be no happy ending in the face of such tragedy, but thi [...]


    Rachael Lucas

    Reading Issy Bradley is a little like having your heart flying on kite strings, deftly controlled by this brilliant new author. Just when you can't take any more - crashing downwards, tears streaming down your face, heart aching - she swoops you up into the air with sharply observed humour and the tiny, beautifully written details of family life. This is a breathtakingly beautiful tale of love and loss and family life.


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    Katy Noyes

    4.5 stars A marvellous insight into Mormon families, told by a former Mormon. So so sad though. Pulled at my heartstrings, especially in the first act when the family, in preparing for one child's party, fails to notice the increasingly serious illness affecting another child. Issy falls ill the day of her older brother's birthday party. Her father, a devoutly raised Mormon is away from home, ministering to his flock, her mother busy with party preparations by herself. By the time the family rea [...]


    Michelle

    A devout Mormon family in the UK deals with the tragic death of the youngest member of the family, 4 year old Issy. Ian, the father, is an extremist when it comes to "following the rules". He seemed a caricature to me--are there really people (men, because it is about men who are in charge) out there like this? Claire, the wife and mother, falls into a deep depression and crisis of faith, unable to leave bed. The other three children, two teenagers and a 7 year old, struggle to process the exper [...]



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