Every Waking Moment is the story of an unusual girl with a curious gift and the people who care about her. Treha Langsam has no memory of her childhood. She has a job she loves and makes enough to get by. She enjoys living simply. She’s not especially attractive and her eyes move constantly, so people who don’t know her either don’t see her or choose to avoid her. But those whose lives she has touched love her, are protective of her, and want to help her, though she doesn’t understand why.
The story begins when the nursing home Treha works in gets a new director who doesn’t understand or appreciate Treha’s gift. This same director doesn’t understand why a documentary team with big dreams sees value in filming the stories of the elderly in their last days. As the director pushes for unwanted change, the former director, the documentary teams, and residents of the nursing home find themselves working together to help each other, to help Treha, and to make some profound discoveries that will impact lives far beyond what any of them would have imagined.
I loved this story of connection, compassion, care, justice, mercy, and moving forward. It is one that I had passed over on a first opportunity, but I’m glad another came along. (I borrowed this book from our local library and chose to review it as part of Tyndale’s Summer Reading Program.) The characters in this story are worth getting to know. Their insights are worth remembering. Every Waking Moment is a novel that’s worth the reading time.