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Rick's Place Paperback – April 27, 2011
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Readers that have lived long enough to experience trouble, sadness, joy, disappointment, pain, loss, and hope will find reflections of their hearts in these characters. Akley is an anthropologist of emotion, and he does a spectacular job of honestly transpose his discoveries onto the page. It's rare that an author can write a sentence that literally hits me in the gut, as though he had drug those words from my own mind, but Akley did it a dozen times in this book. He is able to truly capture the essence of a place, the soul of individuals that most people would simply walk past without seeing. He embraces the overlooked elements of existence and raises them to the same glorious level as the things most people put on pedestals. Banality is beautiful, in his estimation, and I hope he continues to turn his eye outwards and share his vision with his readers. Another sincere and unforgettable gem from Akley.
RICK'S PLACE is a tavern that became a church. That doesn't really matter because what Akley has created here is a gathering place for expressing a lot of idle conversations, musings, moments of quotations all revolving around a strange cast of tavern hangers - Jim, Cal, Angela, Poopsie, Billy, Jay, Cooper, Sam the writer, Patrick, Tom - and of course our narrator who is like an eardrum, taking in the mental meanderings and making them into a pixilated puzzle. `It's funny how you still can be in your own world though, how you see other people because of that.Read more ›