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Prodigal Child Hardcover – June, 2003
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From the very first page, Prodigal Child grabs your attention with a vise-like grip and doesn't loosen it even after you've finished the last page. E. David Moulton's deft storytelling abilities shine as he details the life of Eddie Connor. With the inclusion of several of Moulton's original song lyrics, Prodigal Child is a must for music lovers, as well as those who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.
About the Author
E. David Moulton. Born in Surrey, England just south of London, In his early twenties he lived in the East End of London, the area he writes of in his book. David emigrated to The United States in 1979. He has lived in New Jersey just outside New York City and on the West Coast, San Diego, Los Angeles and Eugene, Oregon. He has now moved back to the East Coast and lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife Kathy.
David has been a songwriter for many years. Prodigal Child is his debut novel. It is no surprise that the story is about a songwriter and his song lyrics have become part of the book.
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Moulton's unassuming, straight forward style of writing fills the pages with matter of fact points and clearly defined characters who are funny, artistic, and sometimes detestable. Eddie is a thinking man learning not to think too much. He is a passionate soul trying not to teeter too far over the edge into self destruction. His reasons and chosen paths are well explained and his fate is not always what he has in mind. His "less traveled" roads lead him away from the explosion of the music scene in which he is a natural leader and into much seedier worlds he never dreamed he'd have to be a part of.
Moulton conjures several believable guides along the way who not only come to Eddie's aid but are strong, peaceful reminders of what most of us naturally seek-a reason to be, a way to make a difference, and an inner peace.
The song lyrics throughout the book are not only entertaining and catchy but serve a non-superfluous purpose by adding to the plot's general flow. Though the main medium is music beginning before the famous "British Invasion" and continuing for decades
beyond, the main character has the ability to fade from one art form only to become prolific at another, which leads to the question, "Aren't all creative endeavors ultimately connected?" Moulton seems to think so and to prove so in his novel. As an author, he seems to be a believer in transcending 21st century popular sensationalism to embrace the desires and acccomplishments of a regular person with talent and dreams. However, there is no lack of imagination.
Eddie's accomplishments and mistakes are those of a hero and a human. He is fallible yet teachable. He is ten parts angry, emotional, and unrealistic in his expectations and ninety parts driven to become better in every way. In other words, he is the
characterization of a true artist. It is a pleasure to watch him cling to his expectations and to witness the creative influences and timing that shape this boy into a man.