We Are Called To Rise

Three lives are bound together by a split-second mistake, and a child’s fate hangs in the balance. What happens next will test—and restore—your faith in humanity.

Narrated by an immigrant child caught in a terrible crisis, a middle-aged woman struggling with a son she suspects of being dangerous, and a young soldier navigating the ways the Iraq War has changed him, We Are Called to Rise offers a suspenseful, lyrical story about what it means to rise.

A #1 IndieNext pick and a Barnes&Noble Discover selection, We Are Called to Rise has been a popular choice for One Book and First Year Experience programs nationwide.

“Stirring…pitch-perfect…a universal story about the messy wonders of community.”

Entertainment Weekly

“A tour de force of imagination that packs a wallop…immensely moving…without question, McBride is a truly commanding literary presence.

–  Booklist

“Your heart will break…then soar.”

Redbook

“Rarely does a novel reach into my soul and leave me sobbing, but WE ARE CALLED TO RISE did just that with its beautifully drawn characters, true-to-life plot, and such exquisite writing that it’s hard to believe that this is Laura McBride’s first book….a graceful portrait of our time.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“McBride has written an urgent morality tale for our times in the form of this poignant and gripping debut.”

–  Library Journal, starred review

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