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The Obsession of Henry Enright Hardcover – July 25, 2011

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About the Author

J. I. Lordenwas born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is an artist and president of a design firm. He currently resides with his wife in a small town on the coast of New England. This is his first novel. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (July 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462036724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462036721
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,235,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Henry's is a story of depression and angst, and of spiritual exploration. Lorden's book is emotional and authentic. It depicts an era or generation that was filled with moral and social concerns--and it is written with honesty and boldness. A great read!
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Very captivating. A heartfelt story that brought back long forgotten memories of my own hometown, family and friends. I relived some of my own struggles and attitudes, decisions and consequences of that time. I will be giving as a. gift for Christmas!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was instantly intrigued with this title and premise: leaving the relatively familiar to venture to the unknown, and be thought of as ‘different’ yet not outstanding is a common fear of many coming of age stories, and J.J. Lorden manages to hit every note in this story.

Henry and his family have moved from a fairly homogenous Boston community to the outskirts, a little fictional town called Union, past the suburbs and the end of the line for the bus to the city. Mixing past reminiscence with a present-day revisiting of the old town, the story has a melancholic thread that runs through it. Not only had Henry had some difficulty in his past trying to make a name for himself, his father always seemed to be just slightly out of reach: disappointed, feared and ultimately the man that Henry defines his own successes and failures against.

The story feels completely and utterly of the moment: the sense of the insular Catholic parishes in Boston and the often hypocritical feel of the ultra-religious sentiments often parroted against the behaviors are clearly defined and delineated with a sense of ‘being there’ that is rare to find.

Henry isn’t happy, and he isn’t wholly unhappy: haunted by some of the things he had seen, and the opportunities squandered he is any other middle-aged man in the midst of a serious reflection on his life. Something is missing, and yet through all of his reflections he isn’t able to find just where the pieces are not fitting. This book details this reflection using road trips, memories and discussions with his wife about the places he’d seen and some of the people that fell by the wayside.
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