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The Shores We Walk [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Rheaume
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A sumptuous banquet of life." -Author, Robynn Gabel

"The author has an eye for beauty, even in the midst of death and garbage. It hints of hope, it hints of sunshine, it is inspiring!" -Outsider Writers, Dawn Graves

The truth about heroin.

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About the Author

Gabriel Rheaume is a graduate from Wayne State University concentrating in Literature, Spanish, and Africana Studies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145644431X
  • Publisher: (November 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GCD82I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise January 10, 2011
By Dawn
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This, the author's first book, has been highly anticipated in certain circles, and finally reading it was surprisingly enjoyable. I had not expected to be so moved.

Henry Miller's work comes to mind as a comparison, but where Miller's work is full of ego and conspicuous demonstrations of intellect, Mr. Rheaume's book conveys true humility. Miller touts his faults and sins like badges, as if to shock us or make us envious. Rheaume simply opens the door to his musty cellar of faults simply to show they're there, and that he has nothing to hide. There are no flashing lights or carnival music making a big deal of the dark side of his humanity. The drugs, extra-terrestrials, death and ghosts in this book are simply part of his life as he makes his way to clean Light.

Like Miller, Mr. Rheaume displays a knack for knocking one down with lines of unexpected insight about life that seem to come out of nowhere, and which causes one to want more:

"Throughout life there are only a few significant days that provide purpose enough to make all the others worthwhile...."

"Some of my favorite people in the world were there with me, but I can't ascertain that those relationships would have bloomed and wilted as they did without the prominent factor, addiction. They say not to stare into an eclipse because it can cause blindness, but how could one ever witness the magnificence without looking with one's very own eyes. The precious moments of life cannot be neglected simply to avoid risk."

This book is full of darkness. But it is never depressing. The author has an eye for beauty, even in the midst of death and garbage, and it hints of hope. It hints of sunshine. It is inspiring.

"He always has to be so cynical.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant September 1, 2011
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This is an epic tale of a young mans struggle between himself, the world, temptation, and addiction. It brings to life the feelings and surroundings of the author. It drags you in as though you were living right along side him and, before you know it, you feel as though you have an intimate relationship with author and his counterparts. This book is an insightful and informational view of inner city living and the meer struggles sine have to live day to day. A great read. I read it straight through without taking any breaks. The way it is written is comparable to a Tarentino movie, not necessarily in chronological order, and when switching stories leaves you begging for more, only to be unfolded later on in the book. Great book from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shores We Walk January 13, 2011
By Susan
Gabes book takes you on a lifes journey that not too many know of at a young age. its about love, drugs, sadness,loss,faith,happiness, trying to find your way back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extrodinary book! June 18, 2012
By Angela
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Realistic book written about the trials and tribulations one deals with when losing the ones we love in life. It's a fantastic read about how it feels dealing with the constant sting of the pain of losing someone and doing whatever it takes to make that pain disappear. This book is about love. It's about drugs. It's about hard times that so many people face. It's real. But in the end we must always know that there is a brighter day. I love the way the writer wraps it up in the end by finally finding hope and finding a way to move forward. The writer is unique and gives the reader an opportunity to look into their own experiences and relate to the message the author is sending on their own level..much like Shakespeare's writings etc. The Shores We Walk is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic prose at its best April 15, 2013
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"The world is a cemetery of hopes." Poetic prose in the midst of the description of love, hate, life, drugs, death and the sounds of words that outshine the plot and characters... I loved this unusual work of creative writing.
It did not matter who was writing in first person and who was trying to put the whole story together, who the living was and who the departed.
Yes, the shores we walk can also be walked by Bantam chickens without leaving their mark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing like the shore we walk! October 13, 2011
Into the background I have lived, we have lived. If you have any curiousty into my past, love, life, death and rebirth. I highly suggest this quick-reading novel which is unable to put down till the last sentence.
Rest in peace all our dear friends and lovers!
"Matt's Star" Stephanie Benjamin
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing world to spend time in. September 8, 2012
I met the author of this book on my travels, and months later finally got around to reading it. I was sorry it took me so long to find time for it, but as with most things they come to you when you need them. The story is painted in a series of dark and disconnected vignettes, without timeline or apology, in stark and carefully chosen words. I was absorbed mainly due to the honesty, not just in the story but in the book's very formation - life is not linear and organized for accessibility, but comes together to form a whole picture in random and surprising revelations, and this disconcerting an unique book illustrates that perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shores We Walk
This book ended up being so much more than I was expecting! The imagery and the prose the author uses as he spins his dark tale of Detroit's and America's underbelly is utterly... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Misery
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been....
This book could have been awesome & I really wanted to love it but I just didn't. A little disappointing.....
Published on March 27, 2013 by Jamie Whitenight
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely magnificent
This is, quite simply, a work of art. I could not stop reading. There are few books that i can truthfully say have changed my life and this is one. Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Banquet of Life
This book can be compare to a sumptuous banquet of life. It is a tasty story wrapped in the pastry of prose. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by RLee
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dark, too long
Although the prose in this novel is noteworthy, it's far too dark and way too long for my taste. It's disjointed in many parts, I had to struggle to finish it, and was glad when it... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Belladona1894
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled
This a dark tale by a troubled man. His writing is very good. I was relieved that he did not blame his parents for his addiction. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by David Rheaume
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Gabe!!
Although I haven't finished the book yet. I'm loving every word on every page! Great Job Gabe!! I'm glad you're pursuing your passion!
Published on November 16, 2011 by Gracie
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More About the Author

Gabriel Rheaume is from Detroit, Michigan, born in 1982. He is a graduate from Wayne State University concentrating in English, Spanish, and Africana Studies. His novel, "The Shores We Walk" will take you down back alleys and abandoned buildings, revealing the dark side of life, while looking up to see hope.

When all the people close to Francis end up dying, a lot of questions are left in the air while Francis falls into a deep psychosis. It is written through a veil of drugs and visits from beyond the grave. It is a love story, a tragedy, a struggle with faith, and brief moments of hope. Through all of the darkness there is also so much beauty. "In the book, "The Shores We Walk", Francis, based on a postmodern St. Francis of Assisi, narrates the story of four people as they slowly self-destruct and battle drug addiction, homelessness, and poverty. While Gabriel attended Wayne State University he saw such tragic things every day. He was inspired by the fact that even though these people had nothing, they never lost sight of what really mattered to them. He realized that life has more joys than sorrow and wished that more people would recognize that simple fact." Hannah Nisbet, The Sandusky Tribune.


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