The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard
Al is romping with the other dogs, tearing up gusts of sand in the far end of the cove. Chases, gets chased, chases again. (From The Miracle of Small Things, by Guilie Castillo-Oriard)
I won this small gem, The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard, during the A to Z Blog Challenge 2016.
The story weaves puzzles pieces together concerning issues that touch our comprehension and our hearts. The complicity of tax evasion, the ill treatment of dogs, and a surface relationship that goes sour when a man confronts a woman who quietly demands by her actions that he take a good look within himself.
I loved Al. In my opinion, he was the protagonist. He was the glue that held the story together. That four-legged Canine drooled his way into my heart.
Things never go back to the way they were. And perhaps it’s for the best. We’ve no business, none of us trying to return to the places where we were happy once. All we find is blighted hope. Perhaps all we can do is build anew. (From The Miracle of Small Things by Guilie Castillo-Oriard)
Castillo-Oriard does a fantastic job connecting and displaying human misery and human deceit in relationships between humans and dogs. I like the way she points out the different between a casual romp in bed versus a subtle romance built upon dignity and deep desire.
Along with the small bits of history, at the beginning of each chapter, you find yourself floating into the multicultural mystique of Curaçao.
The Miracle of Small Things, by Guilie Castillo-Oriard, well written, well crafted, and well-worth reading.