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Depression Carpenter Paperback – December 2, 2013
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This book was a labor of love from the research through the writing of it. It's a journey I wish I could have taken, and I'm pleased to share it with others.
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Java Davis does a great job of bringing details of history into her story and it's clear that she did all the necessary research. If the story at times feels slow, it's because Jake is on a personal journey more than an adventure - a journey that encompasses his personal struggle between being the aristocratic persona he left behind and the person that he is now, making a difference in a poverty-stricken world to those less fortunate.
I liked that this was a story told through a timeline of Jake's experiences state-to-state. However, because the chapters run together without distinguishable headings, I felt it was easy to miss the all-important transition noted by the author from one experience to the next. This is such an easy fix, though, and would better emphasize the obvious amount of detailed historical research that went into each section of the story and of Jake's journey.
Historical fiction is so much easier to read when the characters are interesting and real as they are in Depression Carpenter. Ms. Davis is truly a talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her stories.
Java Davis’s Depression Carpenter is a beautifully rendered travel guide, not only of location, but of time itself. The author’s descriptive powers are significant and perfectly relevant for the contemporary reader in describing a region that has in recent years again suffered from damage both economic and hurricane-induced. If intended for a traditional, full-length novel, the characterization of Jake might have felt somewhat flat, but instead of being formulaic, Davis has opted for a protagonist who performs his acts with a great deal of conscience. Jake is not the typical rich-kid forced to face the harsh reality that his opulent lifestyle comes at the cost of others’ penury; rather, his ultimate growth as a person comes in accepting his lost family and his own place within society. In the end, Jake discovers more than just how to be comfortable in his own skin. He realizes that the best place from which to help his fellow man is wherever he happens to find himself located.
As a reviewer as well as an author, I don't always no what to expect, however, this story was both historically informative and enjoyable.
Written in the first person, almost like a diary format, we follow the main character, Jackson, born of rich parents who have been killed in a car crash. Jackson speaks of guilt, born of being a survivor of that crash, where too his sister dies.
In a state of bitterness and depression, Jackson embarks on a journey taking him across America during the terrible time of the Depression in the 30s.
I don't give spoilers but will say that this tale is well written, and is filled with interesting characters and points of view, and I liked the way it was a clever mix of history and a personal journey.