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Archive for February 5th, 2017

Every now and then you read something that renews your gratitude that there are these things called books that other humans create and that, via the stories they tell, they can illuminate and transform your perception of your own arc and in so doing, affirm that loss and redemption both are threads within the fabric that binds us all together.

My Sunshine Away takes place in 1980’s Baton Rouge.  The pace and language invoke syrupy, languid summers and a sense of deep mysteries hidden just out of sight.  The story begins with a horrible crime and explores the enduring impact it has on the people involved, most notably the victim and the narrator, a teenage boy.

I don’t think it serves the book or its potential readership to further unpack the plot except to say that it’s a coming-of-age story that reaches for deep truth, sad and wise and hopeful, more meditation than mystery.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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