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The Remainders Kindle Edition
Miles away in Orange County, his estranged father, Dr. Oliver Glass, struggles with demons of his own. A private practice and a beautiful girlfriend with children of her own can’t make up for a past of tragedy and abuse. Memories of long-ago terrors constantly haunt Oliver.
Oliver seeks to reconnect with his son. Dylan seeks love and acceptance. Can they overcome their painful pasts? Or will they surrender to their self-destructive urges? Find out in the new adult novel that has been called “an intensely moving story” and a “powerful page turner,” The Remainders.
"Stern takes us on a father and son's restless journey filled with heartbreaking and hilarious turns, and, ultimately, blistering revelations." -Dan Kopcow, author of Prior Futures
"An intensely moving story." -H.R. Kemp, author of Deadly Secrets
"In this powerful page-turner, the reader is drawn to the familiarity of family pain and discord." -Maisy Menold, The Heartbeat Series
"A father and a son struggling to find a role, a meaning, a way to live in modern America. A fascinating story about real, next-door people." -George Pratanos, author of The Unwanted Dead
"This endearing, sometimes sad, often hopeful novel concerns good people who endure misfortune without giving up." -Carolyn Geduld, author of Who Shall Live--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B09C2R7TM3
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing (September 2, 2021)
- Publication date : September 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 839 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 255 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,498 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once Dylan is kicked out of the house of his mother and his stepdad (a Christian motivational speaker), he must find a way forward, sleeping in his car and working at the shrewdly named dollar store – the Buck & Awesome. Removed from his sheltered life of white privilege, Dylan encounters the kindness and support of immigrant community members Reza, Fatema, Magdalena, Quang, and Kishana. The novel is filled with earthy, gritty moments as Dylan must deal with physically and emotionally embarrassing experiences, those inherent in hitting rock bottom … the awkward groping toward personal self-awareness.
An extremely likable character, Dylan gives the reader an engaging and compelling first-person narrator, and Stern does a wonderful job of capturing the everyday rhythms of working-class life. Dylan’s experiences are juxtaposed in alternating chapters with those of his father Oliver, who seeks to find his own way through his work at his medical practice and his relationship with obstetrician Rachel and her two sons. Stern creates a lively dialectic between father and son (and their parallel experiences); both their present-day lives and their pasts reverberate with every decision they make. Dylan’s burgeoning romantic interest Pearl has her own set of secrets and issues that develop contrastingly rich layers of narrative.
Near the end of the novel, the sickly and wise Hannah tells Dylan, “When you are at the bottom, there’s no pretense, no mask.” The rawness of those emotions dovetailed with the clever plotting will lead to a dramatic and very satisfying climax. The Remainders manages to abound with ironies while remaining deeply faithful to the psychology and emotions of the characters. A trenchantly empathetic writer, Stern has filled this novel with rich, distinctive, and evocative life stories, ones that make a reader face his own hard truths and appreciate the encouraging journeys of growth revealed here.
The title comes from the term used by dollar-type stores for the merchandise they sell that nobody else wants. In this novel, the characters themselves were "remainders"--cast-off into unfortunate circumstances.
The book gave me a new understanding of how a person in a seemingly stable home environment can easily transition into homelessness; and what help for a homeless person might look like, where it might unexpectedly come from, and how small gestures can make a world of difference in someone else's life.
The book also took a look at family relationships that had gradually become dysfunctional due to inattention--serving as a wake-up call for readers who might find themselves in similar family situations.
Get ready to root on the goodness and will power within them. And be prepared for the hair pulling frustration as these two men prove—time and time again—just how human they both are.
Like I said—get ready for all the feelings.
Meanwhile, his father was starting a new life with a new family, but he still worried over Dylan. It seemed he was the only one who was.
Story had an easy narrative with a rich, cynical wit that was quite engaging and refreshingly candid; however, it can be kind of long and slow at times. Dylan lived in Reseda and the dad lived in Lake Forrest. The whole thing is told in the diary perspective of Dylan and his father. At first, it took a while to realize that we had switched from the son to the father and it was a little confusing. But once you got hang of it, it became easier to understand. It mostly summarized their daily routines, which were often filled with menial tasks.
Dylan had a redeemable quality as he didn’t want to be a stereotypical homeless. He wanted to work a job and get by with whatever he could. Both father and son were damaged souls. Both were characters that just wanted to improve, and it was admirable to watch them try. Their journey was rather interesting and it was certainly inspirational. Story had a literary feel with emotional baggage and drama.
Overall, this was a fairly nice read.