Review of the Baggage Handler

About the Book

The Baggage Handler  by David Rawlings.

The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings.

In a similar vein to The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews or Dinner with a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory, The Baggage Handler is a contemporary story that explores one question: What baggage are you carrying?

Three people take a flight that will change their lives forever.

Fresh off a run-in with his wife, harried businessman David disembarks the plane angry and impatient.

Gillian thought she would be more excited about coming to her niece’s wedding, but she is just hoping to survive.

Malcolm has gambled everything on this trip to start his fledgling artistic career. To him, failure means working in hardware in what his father calls “a real job.”

After each picks up the wrong suitcase, they make their way to a mysterious baggage depot in a deserted part of the city. There they meet the Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed.

A simple baggage mix-up at the airport is more than an inconvenience when it forces three people to face the baggage they are unknowingly carrying around.

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About the Author

david rawlings

David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.

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Lila’s Opinion:

Excellent! The quality of writing is excellent, drawing me in from the first page. The tone of this contemporary allegory somehow reminded me of the Shack, but, thankfully, without the violent images left stamped upon my very impressionable imagination. The Baggage Handler was handled much better (pun obviously intended).

The setting was very interesting. The author used a seemingly abandoned but pure white Baggage Building as a physical representation of self-examination.

There are three main characters plus the Baggage Handler. I was expecting them to interact a bit more between themselves. But Gillian, Michael, and David each have distinct problems that the Baggage Handler tries to get them to deal with. I won't give too much away, except to say that I definitely related most to Gillian, literally tearing up at page 199. I also love, love, loved the discussion questions in the back! They were so helpful and thought-provoking.

I think the only two things I didn't like were 1) I wished the ending with Gillian seemed a little more hopeful instead of leaving us with her sister’s baggage; and 2) I wish there was a little more spirituality involved. I was hoping for more mentions of God or church or Bible verses. I was left to pull out those things on my own. The only real mention of spirituality was asking if the Baggage Handler was a guardian angel, which, by the way, he answered in the negative. I choose to see Him as the Holy Spirit, although constantly abiding with us.

The only reader who will not like this book is the literal one who doesn't want to think, especially about their own lives. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Favorite quotes:

“The cushions would have disappointed Goldilocks and all three of her bears: one was too hard, one was too soft, but none of them was just right.” (p.74)

“He (Michael) dreaded the conversation he would need to have at home, a barrage of 'I told you so's peppered with the usual spiel about disappointment in him. A conversation whose script he already knew. One in which he had no lines.” (p.76)

“David again exhaled heavily. 'Will you stop talking as if you're Confucius or a Facebook meme or whatever?'” (p.120)

The Baggage Handler's explanation of Gillian's rambunctious boys hit home and made me think of my two energetic sons: “'Tyson is a feisty little tyke, but he'll need that when he's older and stands up for the little guy. He'll make a career out of advocating for people without a voice. But you constantly wish they would be quiet.'” (p.139)

I also have to comment that the bio on the very last page was the best author bio I have ever read! (It’s not, by the way, the exact bio mentioned above.)

(I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)