I really enjoyed this book. It took a little longer for me to 'engage', but once the author got me to that place, there was no turning back. I hope he continues to write -- his style of writing and connecting with the reader is addicting. Happy Reading!
If you liked "Memory of Running" you'll love this one: Ron McLarty is a great story teller!
This is the second book by Ron McLarty (who is both an actor and an author) I have read. The first was The Memory of Running, which was his first novel and one I loved. That book begins in Providence, RI. Its compassionate and insightful look at the inner life of a depressed, overweight man in a dead-end job and a difficult family situation is a quiet treasure. That this man came to redeem his life through a cross-country bike ride undertaken on an impulse makes it a wonderful story of how one can exchange an unhappy life for a contented one.
This book covers what might be McLarty's loving memory of a childhood in Providence RI--it is rich with characters and is at bottom the story of the protagonist's love for the people of his childhood, for Providence of that time, and for a childhood sweetheart and an incident that occurred in their childhood affected everyone's lives over the long term. It is also a story of a murder that took years to become a murder, and the solving of the mystery of who dun it, and the flashbacks are at the center.
I look forward to more books by McLarty, and recommend this one.
This is an amazing coming of age story with great characters, and beautifully read by the author on the audio book.