Edward’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

Wow, what a powerful book! I picked this book up off my endless pile of books to read when I was heading to bed last night. I finished it in one sitting, after about 45 minutes of reading.

McLachlan tells the story in a series of thoughts, almost a running commentary, rather than a normal narrative arc. We experience the story through Jake’s eyes. I identified with Jake’s family, in the sense that in a big family, siblings tend to raise each other. Jake’s favorite is Edward, an amazing young boy who reminded me a bit of Charles Wallace in Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”. Edward is a lover of baseball, people, and fireworks. He seems to know things, even predicting his mother’s new baby and naming her before her birth. Edward also has beautiful eyes, which Jake notices the moment he is brought home from the hospital.

Without giving away the plot, Edward’s story is one of life, love, tragedy, and family. We see it all through Jake’s eyes, and we feel everything he feels. I left the book with tears in my eyes a heavy heart. However, the message is very powerful, and deals with an aspect of tragedy not normally broached in children’s literature. Again, I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to take away from anyone else’s experience of the book. Pick “Edward’s Eyes” (Patricia MacLachlan) up, though!