Waiting to Know You

by Karisha Kal’ee’ay

Stan Thompson is an engineer for an electronics company in Costa Mesa, CA.  Via email he told me that he spends his “days thinking about small mundane details that our customers will probably never care about, but I spend my evenings lost in fictional worlds where anything can happen.”  Because he travels often (like to The Consumer Electronics Show, where, I must say, technonut that I am, I’ve always wanted to go), he spends many evenings reading.  Here’s one of the books he’s recently enjoyed: 

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by Stan Thompson

When I travel for business, I like to take a book with me to ease the tedium of airport layovers and lonely hotel evenings. While searching new authors for something interesting, I came across the unusual name, Karisha Kal’ee’ay. The blurb for her book, Waiting to Know You, intrigued me, so I took a chance on it and my gamble paid off. The story begins with Virginia, who has tracked down her half-brother Dan, and is renting a Southern California apartment just a few doors down from his. Dan is unaware of their family connection because he and his older brother Lunt were abandoned by their mother when they were very young. Virginia has been shunned by her father because of her morbid obesity and is desperate to have the friendship, love, and acceptance that a caring brother might give her. While Virginia befriends her brother, we wait in anticipation while she tries to find the courage to reveal their family bond. Through Virginia’s emotional isolation and the stark contrast between her life and the frivolous self-obsessed lives of those around her, we come to understand that it is the emotional bonds we share that really matter. 

On the other end of the personality spectrum, Virginia’s half-brother Lunt is a high-energy comic tornado. His life comes together like a series of wild adventure dominoes when a road trip with his brother Dan turns into a rescue mission to save two young women from polygamy, which in turn, leads him to fall in love with an over-worked public attorney. 

Dan meanwhile is struggling to live something like a normal life after learning that a one night stand back in college resulted in a daughter who has recently died in a motorcycle accident. What is a person supposed to feel when he loses a child that he never knew existed? We follow Dan as he struggles with this question throughout the book.

If you’re looking for something different to read, this is it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that looked at life from so many different angles; and after getting to know this cast of characters, I feel I know myself a whole lot better.


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