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"A well told, fascinating and powerful story. Highly recommended."
★★★★★ "I loved every part of the book. I would definitely recommend it to everyone."
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From the Author
Have you ever wondered what dreams you might have fulfilled if life hadn't gotin the way? What if you had an opportunity to try again? Abandoned Dreams explores this theme as well as family, friendship and aging. It also asks questions about enabling and the concepts of artistic merit and success. These issues are not addressed from the point of view of my protagonist, but from those he's closest too. It's rather like eavesdropping on your friends when they're talking about you.
In Abandoned Dreams, by Rod Raglin, we meet twenty-seven year old George Fairweather who is a celebrated poet with a drinking problem. Early on there is a tragedy and then the story jumps ahead thirty-seven years. He no longer drinks, but as we meet the people in his life we have to ask how he abstains. For the most part they are self centered, needy, selfish and unlikeable. The one exception is his granddaughter who loves him unconditionally.
George wants a different life now and finds it isn't easy to extricate himself from the people who consider him to be a focal point of their lives. The story is told in alternating voices and gradually we see how the characters come to realize that George is serious. Did they ever really know George?
I found this to be a well told, fascinating and powerful story. Highly recommended.
I received this book free of charge through LibraryThing and the opinions expressed are my own.