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Life Coin Paperback – May 13, 2011
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About the Author
Born and raised in Wisconsin, J. J. Wilder currently lives and works in La Crosse. Previous work includes articles for the hometown newspaper and editor for the UW-Richland campus newspaper as he pursued a degree in Fine Arts. Also, is the author of a published collection of short stories, Freaks, Geeks, and Scary Things Vol. 1. More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/StrangeAsFiction
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I was about one-quarter through the book and I stopped reading because the story was just too disjointed and bleak. I was determined to simply remove it from my Kindle. Then I hesitated. I kept thinking about what I had already read, processing it, and then realized that I owed it to myself and to the author to get back into the story and finish it.
Even though the characters and their life journeys were related through the years, the book is disconcerting at times. [SPOILER ALERT] Learning what happened to Sally (after she was taken away from Allie by Family Services) so late in the book seems to be a throw-away method of tying up some loose ends. Perhaps it would have been better to have had that denouement earlier and with more "meat" to the story. I found myself in tears a couple of times: when Allie got on the bus and sat next to Davey, and again in the cemetery at the close of the book. However, the emotions generated by these passages weren't as strong as they could have been because they were almost too sparsely presented. Ted's death was another example of the story not being strong enough.
I also had a very difficult time in coming up for a title for this review without it appearing to be completely negative. This is not a bad book, nor it it a great book. It's an interesting book (and I am not damning with faint praise -- I'm trying to be very honest).
Wilder has talent. I hope he hones it, refines it, nurtures it, and keeps writing.