|Review By: Amy Hutchen (14)|
M.E. Kerrís latest novel Deliver us from Evie is a great book about the changes that occur in a family. Set on a farm in rural America, Mr and Mrs Burrman have three kids: Doug, Evie and Parr.
Doug, the eldest, goes to university and is studying agriculture. When he changes his course he is faced with the prospect of breaking the news to his father that he no longer wants to take over the family farm.
Evie, the second eldest, is also expect to take over the farm one day, until people discover she is a lesbian. Evie is seeing Patsy Duff, the rich bankerís daughter. Mr Duff is trying to keep Evie away from Patsy, so the two girls leave Duffton and go to the city where they can be together.
Parr is left to deal with his own, and other peopleís, feelings about Evie being a lesbian, about being left to take over the farm (as neither his brother nor sister are going to) and at the same time to come to terms with a recent relationship break-up.
The childrenís parents, Mr and Mrs Burrman, learn to deal with the changes inflicted on them and eventually accept Evie for who she is.
Deliver us from Evie deals with the fact that everybody is different, and that ultimately people have to learn to accept it. It is both funny and, at times, sad, and is highly recommended for a wide range of readers.