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AutoFlick: A Study of Whales and Cigarettes That Became a Novel Paperback – June 20, 2016
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Indie Reader (4 stars): AutoFLICK is a quirky tale with fully realized characters that delivers all of the emotional punch you expect from a good literary novel. Indie Reader rating: 4 stars. Kirkus Reviews: Fans of bildungsromans and vintage Americana will be pleased.An American coming-of-age tale told with warmth and humor. US Review (Recommended): Bancroft deals with the multiple situations of the extraordinary-within-the-ordinary nearly seamlessly. The novel is thoroughly enjoyable for the excellent storytelling and character development.
About the Author
John Bancroft's first job after graduating from college was in a factory on the night shift. When it was his turn to goldbrick, he preferred to find a quiet corner to read a book. He chose his reading material on a cost-per-page basis. This is how he came to read "Moby Dick." A lot of years went by during he which was a business journalist specializing in the residential mortgage industry. Fortunately for the readers of "AutoFlick," none of this professional experience was applied to the novel. One day while riding with his children in his pick-up truck, Bancroft saw a man throw a cigarette from his car into the road. It took a while, but he eventually built "AutoFlick" on the dried bones of "Moby Dick" and this everyday experience.
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On a personal level, I felt that this book was about fathers and sons. I could not stop Izzy's poignant connections to his father and son from serving as the "fun house mirror" in which I was compelled to reflect on my own relationships with my recently departed Dad and my two grown sons.
"Autoflick" is a well-crafted and literary book. It’s worth reading.