- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Virginia Avenue Press (June 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984423206
- ISBN-13: 978-0984423200
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,255,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gambler's Quartet Paperback – June 21, 2010
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Brad Summerhill is a writer who lives in Reno, Nevada. His fiction has been published in Red Rock Review and elsewhere.
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The story plays out through compact, well-constructed scenes. At one point, the protagonist, Johnny, secretly follows his mother to investigate her new business venture. This causes Johnny to flash back and forth to the night he lost his virginity. Uncomfortable? Yes, but relevant and telling, as well. A powerful drug scene with Johnny and his best friend manages to be both tragic and comic at once.
Ultimately, what you find in this book - tragedy or redemption, despair or hope, victimization or heroics - depends upon what you bring with you. Summerhill's brilliance lies in his ability to paint each scene and get out of the way. He trusts his readers with the story and allows us to make our own judgments. But of course, that's how it would be in the City of Free Will.
But some interesting stuff happens, too. (And there's a dream--or drug-induced--sequence with Confucius, which was my second favorite part.) And gambling, prostitution, gun-play...So it _is_ dramatic, too (while realistic).
One thing: I almost don't know if I liked / sympathized with the main character's mother--the one most involved with gambling / prostitution. So, on one hand, I thought: could be a more enjoyable read--if sympathize with character(s) more; but, on the other hand, I guess that's what makes it a tragedy (and gritty and realistic--like I said earlier: that sometimes in life you don't like your own mother, and she does crazy stuff). (Although I like my own mother.)
But it was pretty good, overall. A good, surprise ending. I'd recommend it.