Sometimes I find it difficult to understand why so many people request a pallid book like this. I have put off writing comments hoping that something would gel that would make it easier to write. Nothing did so here are my thoughts.
This is not a memorable book nor worth putting on one's WL unless one is a fan of this author. In many spots it's not only slow but just plain plodding. The story line is ok but many books have chosen the same plot so choose your read based on authors you enjoy.
I believe the entire reason I made it past page 100 to the end was so I could write a poor review. There is not one person in this book to root for, the writing in my opinion is not unique, nor the storyline. I have read better "sad-sack" stories in the past and really after this one, will try to stay away from these types of books. I am not sure that I can truly articulate the despair in this book and the fact that the despair is transferred to the reader.
This was a truly original novel about a young teenage boy living with his reclusive, divorced mother and their chance encounter one Labor Day weekend with a man named Frank Chambers. They form an idyllic family unit that fulfills Henry's need for mentoring and Adele's need for love and romance. As this tender story unfolds, the reader learns the painful reasons behind Adele's strange behavior as well as Frank's story. Labor Day weekend comes to an end, but its effects are everlasting.