Compassionate human tale
An underdog story for the ages. This is a story that grips you from the first heart-wrenching chapter and asks all the uncomfortable questions: about society, about mental illness, about the wealth gap and corruption in our most esteemed institutions. "Under the Aurora" makes clear that anyone of us, despite our best efforts, could have the rug of destiny pulled out from under us. This is a story about people who have, and how they subsequently cope, struggle, claw their way back to the top armed with an optimism, a willpower, that is nearly impossible to maintain when everything seems to be working against them. I don't want to give away spoilers or specifics, but for all the tumult this skilled author puts you through, trust that at the end of it you will emerge more thoughtful and more in awe of your fellow man. If you've read McLaughlin before, you know what his talents are, and none of them lag in this latest manuscript. We're fortunate that he is as prolific as he is, his stories as diverse as they are, always imbued with a humanism and an all-too-relatable complexity.
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