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I really enjoyed Ivan and the development of his character throughout the story. Always having to measure up to his older brother, Doug, Ivan knows where he stands in life, at the bottom of the totem pole. Now he’s faced with choices he never thought he’d have to make. The mother and father are richly detailed; you just want to shake them and yell, Wake up and look at your youngest son for a change. Joseph Muiak writes with a lot of insight into the human psyche.
This is not a high energy story with lots of drama, but it kept pulling me along, wanting to read more. I was sorry to see the story end. My only complaint are all the proofreading errors.
I highly recommend this story and give it 4 feathers.
This novel grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go. I read it in two late-night sittings. On the face of it, it’s difficult to define exactly what gripped me so strongly. The pacing is laid-back—just like the main character. There are no explosions or near-death experiences. But the way Ivan reacts to external events is so believable, and so typical of a man, that I found myself smiling and nodding my way through the story.
Ivan is a million miles from marriage material. He loved his wife, so he did try to conform to how society expects a husband to behave. But his married life was a constant struggle between his selfish (lazy? immature?) personality, and his innate desire to please his woman.
As the author throws curve balls at Ivan (and there were a couple of doozies), his response always stays true to his character. To me, that was the magic in the story—it stays true to life and to Ivan throughout. Even when there were opportunities to give Ivan and the other characters an easy way out, the author resisted, and that truth shone through—kudos, Mr. Mulak. This was an unusual story, and a lot of fun to read.
This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.