- File Size: 1637 KB
- Print Length: 314 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Bird Publications, LLC; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BOJJRH2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author Chris Manno immerses readers into not just the setting of the west Texas town, but the mood of the people and the tension of the times. As the author says, East Texas is a book more to be lived than read. There is so much going on in this book, but at its core is seventeen-year-old Travis Carlisle. His yearning for escape, for normalcy is palpable. On the surface, Travis is a typical teen boy with teen boy thoughts and fantasies. Travis, however, has much more weight on his young shoulders than any child should. He is violently abused by his father, Jesse, his mother escapes her abuse and Travis's by staying drunk, and Bean, Travis's baby sister mutely observes it all.
It will be hard for readers to accept the mindset of the community of Conroy. Everyone knows about Jesse's abuse, but they mostly turn-away from it, making only small gestures to acknowledge and support the victims, but never anything to prevent it. In part, their inactivity is the trap of a small town stuck with poor authority figures, but also it was just the times.
Manno's characters are brilliantly written and developed and feel completely believable. As each character marches towards what seems a clear, but often unsettling destiny, readers will be surprised, angered, and even strangely relieved by the resolutions to the numerous story lines. All of these people and their stories -- their fates -- will stay with the readers long after finishing the book.
Thank you to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me an eBook in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. If you like this review, visit my blog Hall Ways for book views, reviews, and news you can use - or not. (...)
The writing is honest and true to heart with various dead on descriptions on small town Texas life, especially on Texas weather patterns. Not all small Texas towns are pretty or idealistic, but Manno depicts this town genuinely and authentically. I should know, because I’ve lived in small Texas towns in regions from the east to the west and to the south.
The best line of the book, “Sunset tells the story.” It is with this one line that says a lot about Manno nailing it when it comes to witnessing the West Texas weather patterns and how they often make you feel about the landscape at that moment in time.
The language might offend some readers, but it only adds to the authenticity of the story being told.
Loved the touch of Bean’s character that, reminds me of Wednesday from “The Addams Family.” Readers will have to discover why.
From the loss of a dad to the effects of the Vietnam War on the small rural community, this fast-paced story weaving the lives of its characters in such way that you begin to care about them during this small segment of time.
It’s one of those books you don’t’ want to put down because you really want to know what happens and evolves to the main character as he goes through this small passage of life.
Lastly, the story reminds the reader that hope is not only for the characters, but for all of us.