The cover alone led me to take interest in this book almost instantly because of the spiritual connotation of butterflies. Growth, Renewal, Hope and even in some contexts it can mean an awakening of some type.
From the very first page, I instantly related to Miriam despite that the book is told through two first person perspectives. Growing up Catholic and following the rituals made me question a lot of things about God and his mercy even as a young kid.
Yet, it was Miriam's personality strength of questioning people and things that I also related to. As a writer, I'm always paying extra attention to things people miss:
the heartbreaking look someone has on their face when they realize they don't love someone anymore
the droop in someone's shoulders because their loved one just passed away
the crack in someone's voice before they reveal to that special someone that they have fallen in love with them.
Miriam lives within a community with a leader who reminds me of Pastor Dan from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and with the same totalitarian atmosphere as Handmaid's Tale.
Women are to be seen and not heard.
Schuren's novel was relatable, stimulating, written with a strength and power only a woman writer could possess, and was one the best books I've read in 2019 so far.