This character study of a man approaching the end of a long life with many regrets but no remorse is at times almost a stream of consciousness novel, other times an elegant soap opera with deep, believable characters.
The novella begins on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding day, where Augie is surrounded by the women of his life. Author J.C. Everett uses great emotional imagery to paint strong portraits of these characters; their interactions and smart dialog often turn into adroit fencing matches. Despite this, it does take careful reading in some places to keep sense of the cast of characters.
While the author often makes excellent use of the five senses in setting scenes, physical locations are never overly established; this is most decidedly a character-driven work.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Bronze Recommendation and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
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