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- Print Length: 373 pages
- Publisher: Brazos River Press (December 14, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 14, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MNKRQQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Asher's novel is a lyrically written portrait of the beauty and culture of Mexico, art, and most of all, the risks--and triumphs--of letting someone love you unconditionally. Asher's prose is elegant and evocative, but his characters are so real, and he weaves such welcome humor amid the pathos, that his writing offers real emotional impact without a trace of Nicholas Sparks schmaltz. A lovely, engaging read that feels like a trip through Mexico through the eyes of someone who knows it well--and loves it--and a touching exploration of what it means to let someone love you--for better or for worse.
Before purchasing the paperback edition, I'd read bits and pieces, including a broad overview as I helped format his manuscript for an eBook. And it is safe to say that nothing in those "snacks" could have prepared me for sitting down to the full meal.
About 100 pages into the book, the thought struck me that back on page one I would have never predicted the smooth and effortless way Asher manages to maneuver his way past my mystery/thriller bias with the character of Monroe Colson. No action hero here, only a flawed man, with poignant backstory aplenty, who in essence dares me not to engage with him on a journey to a dignified exit.
Asher holds this "thriller guy's" interest in spite of the languid pacing, which, like the setting (Mexico), has a siesta quality that I would normally find boring and reason enough to put the book down for good.
He does it with a style rich in detail, and which engages all the senses. His descriptions of the scenery, sounds, aromas, characters, and situations flow from the mind of an artist and paint a word picture that comes alive on the page.
But the truly remarkable element of this novel for me is the way in which Asher intersects the lives of Monroe Colson and Angelina Farretti. I might have initially likened the challenge to the futility of mixing water and oil, but he succeeds with a skillful crafting of scenes that leave me with conflicting emotional involvement in the story and its characters.Read more ›
The characters in this story are lively, real people. They've made mistakes and keep on going. Monroe has had his share of joy and sorrow, and made his share of mistakes, as well. He's a complex character who's seen a lot of life; he thinks it's jaded him, and he does make attempts to shut himself off from connections with others when he reaches a certain point in his life, but his essential generosity of spirit combined with his still-very-human need for relationships with others makes this endeavor founder before it ever really launches.
He's already begun to cut parts of himself off from the rest of the world even before he decides to make his big break and move down to Mexico, where he plans to live a reclusive life, but when he meets Angelina, a young American woman stranded after her (ex) fiance abandons her and takes all their money, he makes a connection that will change his life. Despite himself, Monroe finds himself making other relationships in town, and his relationship with Angelina deepens.
This story explores family, friendships, and individual independence in a nuanced way with characters who are real, likeable, and flawed.
Four and a half stars for a very moving book. (348 pages, 4387 locations)
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This is a vivid example of why I love to read. (I have the e-book)Published 7 days ago by FrankSenbeens
John J. Asher is a Texas National Treasure. This was the first of his books I read, and I picked it up because the blurb appealed to me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MMS
Living n dying issues raised n explored along with friend and family relationships told with humor and grace. Well writtenPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am an avid reading therefore I look for new authors I am glad I bought this book. He was an unknown author to me and since reading his style I now order some of his other books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jat32
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I really loved this book. I suppose some of the reasons I love it so much is that I am from West Texas and know just the kind of people he was writing about, but Mr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anne Lancaster
Loved it! Characters, dialogue, discription of Mexican locales were wonderful. Anxious to read more of Mr. Asher's work!Published 5 months ago by Pam Pritts