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Reservation Road (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – October 5, 1999
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Two things save Reservation Road, however, and make it worth reading. The first is the character of Dwight, whose anguish and self-loathing in the wake of the accident he caused is arresting, complex, and unique. The second is Schwartz's prose, which is lucid and engaging-on occasion, it's even downright eloquent. In the end, the novel is an almost perfect hybrid of Jacqueline Mitchard's far inferior "The Deep End of the Ocean" and James Agee's superior "A Death in the Family." It may not be a lasting work of literature, but it's a good piece of contemporary fiction. I would consider sampling Schwartz's work again.
Their lives intersect one night, the night the car comes out of nowhere and something happens that no one expects. I KNOW this all sounds vague but I don't want to give much away about the plot but I DO want to say that the characters are so very, very believable that you simply have to know what happens next in the wake of tragedy, how their lives will be affected and what choices they make.
It will be interesting to see what they do with the movie version of this book (reputed to star Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning's siter) because the subject matter is often dark and painful. It is, of course, in the deep, tragic and unexpected challenges and losses in life where we are forced to question everything we believed we knew about the world - and what to expect.
At the heart of the book is the loss of a child and mostly how his father deals with that fact (he is divorced). Each character in this book has flaws but also heart, soul and substance (at least, I saw them this way).
If you want a cheerful, light read, you won't want pick up this book. If you are a parent (as I am) you may find it painful to get through. But I loved Blue Water (see link below), a book with a similar theme, and each book centers on issues of pain and forgiveness (or lack of it). It cuts to the core. If you are a parent or have lost a child and wonder about the nuances of grief and anger, redemption, forgiveness, etc...then this is a must read!
Blue Water: A Novel
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading the book, the movie has come off my Netflix queue entirely. Because if the book is better, I can't take the movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 500 Books
Plot and characters very well introduced ad set up. A first rate suspense.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great start, such fine prose building up to a tragic hit and run, then sliding into a tediously labored story about grief and revenge slowly rendered. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LSteel
Bought after seeing the movie and loved the book even more. Thrilling and at times depressing but no, not in a negative way, but deeply touching and humanly sensitive. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul H.
Oh boy, was this a difficult book to read with dry eyes... John Schwartz masterfully leads us through the pain and guilt that one reckless night drive brings to two families. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sunflower girl
The concept of this book had a lot of promise, yet with poor character development and a book that seemed to drag on and on it left you wondering how this book ever became a... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steven Resnick
This book was suggested at the end of another book I had just read. Having liked that book, I gave it a try. The story revolves around two families in the same town. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by book lover
I bought the book, because a family friends son was an extra in the movie. So in this case I read the book before i saw the movie, and I like both very much.Published on June 21, 2013 by Susan J. Harris