"This is a brilliant book. I was so engrossed in the story that I literally forgot the time. Bobby was haunted by his past demons and he was fighting to get rid of them. Going to the places that his grandfather frequented was a cleanser for him. He felt connected and that made him appear more human and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I definitely know that I will be reaching for it again soon." - by Rabia Tanveer for Readers Favorite.
Nathaniel Sewell's 5th and Hope is a deep exploration of what it feels like to be a white baby boomer coming to terms with a radically different world. Bringing together two journeys across America--one contemporary and one from the 1930s--5th and Hope looks at America's evolutions over the last century. ... 5th and Hope is a classic American midlife odyssey, with Bobby, a man who made his life in the new economy of the computer age but who grew up in a world dominated by factories and coal mines, representing the cultural anxieties of the generation that straddles two worlds. - Forward Reviews
#"5th&Hope by Nathaniel Sewell is a lovely story, one of discovery and enlightenment. Mr. Sewell is an amazing writer and has produced a story that will leave you breathless with excitement, with wonder, and with self-discovery. The book is written in the first-person and you can't help but be drawn into Bobby's world. The tale is expertly told and takes on a wonderful and sometimes haunting journey. The descriptions are vivid, and the characters are woven into the fabric of the story, bringing a whole new world to life. I guarantee that no reader will want to put this book down and, when it's over, you will start to rethink your own life, your own story, and wonder about your own roots. This is perhaps a journey that all of us must make at some time in our lives, and I think that the way Mr. Sewell has told this story will help us all to do that." - by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite.
"The past haunts the living, even if they don't know it. Discovering the truth of your roots can help even the most stubborn and detached man understand themselves a little better. Written in the first person narrative, 5th&Hope follows a journey of discovery, loss, hope, understanding, faith, and kinship. Nathaniel Sewell's writing has a very authentic feel, enough to make you consider this a real pilgrimage, and with intricate descriptions that bring life to even the most everyday scenes, you'll quickly find yourself walking beside the characters. An injection of humour adds a little spice and a diverse array of characters will capture your heart and attention. A great plot, inspiring in parts, and certainly an enjoyable read." - By K.J. Simmill
"The story is told in the first person and the reader is irresistibly drawn into the world of the protagonist, a man who sounds like a loner, barely connected with others. From the very beginning, the reader gets the strong feeling that Bobby could be inwardly troubled, a man who doesn't want to confront his past, and who has been running from it for a long time. But the death of his mother compels him to make the journey that could reconcile him to himself. Readers will enjoy the relationship between Bobby and his sister. About his sister, he says: "I wasn't sure what love meant, but I had a vague notion because of her and our maternal grandparents." 5th&Hope is well-written and readers will love the author's handling of the setting and the vivid images he feeds into the minds of readers. Nathaniel Sewell is a great storyteller and I loved his characters and his ability to keep the reader gripped by the plot. A very delightful read!" - by Ruffina Oserio