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A Faithful Son by [Garvin, Michael]

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*****Gold Medal Winner of The IPPY Awards
*****Gold Medal Winner of Readers' Favorite
*****Indies Finalist
*****Winner of The Beverly Hills Book Awards
*****The Novel Approach - Voted Best Of
*****Kirkus Recommended
*San Francisco Book Review* A Faithful Son 5 Stars "...Garvin's debut is nothing less than stunning... in the flavor of Harper Lee's inimitable novels--To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman--Garvin, like Harper, has created a colorful cast amid chaotic and enlightening eras.,,Garvin's plot seamlessly flows between the past and the present, keeping to themes of inequality, racism, and sexual orientation..." 
- San Francisco Book Review
Table Of Honor - The New York Book Festival Finalist
A Faithful Son by Michael Scott Garvin
Manhattan Book Review 
June 2016
In author Michael Scott Garvin's A Faithful Son, we follow young Zach Nance from his childhood in Durango, Colorado, and on to adult years in Los Angeles. His family lives an often hard-scrabble life with a father who works odd jobs on local farms. Their community has tight connections to the local church and all the tragicomedy and colorful characters of small town life. Zach faces considerable challenges, including the accidental death of a loved one, his father's subsequent slide into alcoholism, and facing his own orientation at a time and place when homosexuality was not accepted. Through it all, Zach perseveres-- while remaining a "faithful son" (and brother) until the end.
A Faithful Son was a compelling novel, the prose, at times, so beautiful it was difficult picking out a favorite. Zach's enterprising and generous spirit is also one of the narrative's strong features. As a young adult, he goes to Los Angeles with almost nothing and within the week starts a successful business. He continues to send money home to his mother, who insists she doesn't need it. He comes to terms with his sexuality, connects with Los Angeles's thriving gay community, and meets the love of his life. The scenes with his partner are as sensual and tender as any more traditional heterosexual love scene. The story reads like memoir; in fact, I went back over the book details to determine it is fiction, but this shows how the author is able to get inside Zach's skin. Contributing to the feel of memoir, the narrative is somewhat episodic, dealing with separate parts of Zach's journey--his childhood, teen years, adulthood--with their own challenges, rather than following a single story line. What holds the narrative together, however, is the theme of "faithful son." Zach remains dutiful to family throughout. He supports his mother, keeps the strong emotional bond with his remaining sister, even reserves some love for the father who had left him. Through it all, Zach remains a "faithful son" to the final, shocking chapter.
A Faithful Son - Foreword Review * * * * *
"A Faithful Son is a visceral experience, realistic and vibrant, wrought with the same craftsmanship as a painting resembling a photograph, or a window into another time and place. Michael Scott Garvin has populated his pages with vivid scenes filled with all the colors and sensations of nature, grounding narrator Zach's story in the inevitable passage of time in a way that is particularly rural, attuned to the slow, even pace of life's wear upon the body and the soul."
Foreword Review 
A Faithful Son - Blueink Review
"Throughout the novel, Garvin injects humor and pathos....and is most evident in his descriptions of a group of devout Christian church ladies. We follow Zach's own struggles to acknowledge, and later to accept, that as much as he wants to be one of the guys, he isn't. Garvin's novel is compelling and readers will find themselves moved by Zach's efforts to accept his true self and will heartily cheer him on to his ultimate triumph."
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From the Back Cover

This captivating coming of age tale chronicles the life of Zach Nance, a young man struggling to find his place in an ever-shifting world and the zany cast of local characters who help him come to an understanding of himself and the secret he harbors.  
The small town of Durango, Colorado provides the rural backdrop for Garvin's masterful novel. A hunky traveling carnie, an eccentric gaggle of pious church spinsters, a flirty drag queen and Jesus Christ, himself, all make appearances within the pages of this endearing novel.  
After tragedy befalls the Nance's, Zach's close-knit family unravels. He vows to protect his beloved mother and sister from the fallout of his troubled father's choices -- forcing young Zach to redefine his loyalties, his faith and his own destiny.  
A beautiful and heartrending tale in the grand tradition of To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help.  
A Faithful Son captures life's bittersweet journey through lost innocence, sacrifice, and self-discovery, treating readers to a compassionate story of enduring hope.

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  • File Size: 2361 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519414730
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (May 9, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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