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 an amazing coming of age story with great characters, and beautifully read by the author on the audio book.
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.
I liked this book quite a bit, but nowhere near as much as I loved his first book, _The Memory of Running_. This one was interesting, a fast read and with a pretty surprising twist at the end, but it didn't have the same charm...
I think, really, the main difference was my opinion of the narrators - I just didn't like "Bozo" all that much... and maybe it was in part to do with the relationships with women that he described, or maybe because he just seemed awfully passionless - I'm not really sure. I did enjoy it, but just not as much as his first. He set a high standard, but I have hopes that maybe his third book has recaptured the lost magic of his first...
I enjoyed this book very much, until the last disc, when I thought it turned trite and less believable or maybe I just don't like it when there is a big dramatic ending to sew it all up- you may love that!
The author read this so I felt confident that it was being read in the way he wrote it. Liked it, didn't love it.
I was anxious to get this book because I had REALLY enjoyed the author's narration of "Memory of Running." While I didn't enjoy this one as much, it still has the same down-to-earth and humble tone. McLarty is a great narrator....
Read by the author, another really good book by McLarty. I'd recommend especially in audio. He reads so well!