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Sequin Boy and Cindy by [Levine, Arthur]
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  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085M3BZ6
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By Tim Greaton on August 15, 2012
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Arthur Levine is an author who savors the exploration of relationships and spirituality, and his fiction displays always come with fascinating results.

"Sequin Boy and Cindy" is at its core a love story between Billy Wolk and Cindy. They meet in New York as young adults, both on the verge of financial destitution, but as most young couples do, they place the priority on their relationship and somehow manage to make a go of things for a while. Unfortunately, life and New York's high cost of living finally force them both to take the drastic measure of joining the military. The young couple goes to war.

Now I could talk about the tongue-in-cheek way that the author carries us through a lifetime of challenges which include debilitating war injuries, charitable causes, civic duty and so much more, but I think the important thing to say is that through the prism of lives built on love, dreams and faith in each other, these two amazing characters teach us how to journey to our passions while also remembering to love and care for the important people around us at the same time.

I urge everyone to spend time with "Sequin Boy and Cindy" if only to see how brilliantly Arthur Levine manages to weave Native American spiritual beliefs throughout this ever-evolving love story.
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Sequin Boy and Cindy is an ambitious, sweeping tour de force by Arthur Levine, which examines the "circle of life". It is a touching story revolving around Billy and Cindy, penniless, lost souls who meet while young and naïve, fall in love, overcome adversity, have a family, find success and live the American dream, ultimately giving back to others less fortunate. While describing their journey, the author tackles (often with a dose of humor) subjects ranging from support for returning war veterans, living and dealing with disfiguring war injuries, politics, street gangs, education, the power of the media, raising children, balancing work and family to most importantly, true love, which holds the two together through all their difficulties, defeats and triumphs, even in the face of death. Like life itself, the story quickly moves from one chapter to another painting a rich picture of life's challenges and rewards in the process. Sequin Boy and Cindy is an interesting, provocative and moving read, which I highly recommend. Congratulations Arthur. Great job!
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Sequin Boy and Cindyis a very unique novel. I've never read anything like it. I appreciate that people want to have comparisons in order to decide if they'd like a book or not. Well, I'm afraid I can't come up with any in the literary world. But this story reminded me very much of Forrest Gump.
The narrator is a half-Lakota Native American named Billy. He often refers to himself as "just a big dumb Indian" and his wife, Cindy, affectionately calls him "a big dummy." He comes from an abusive home and has no money, no self-confidence, and no hope for the future. That changes when he meets Cindy. She has also been abused and feels like a social misfit. It's love at first sight. They join the army to be together and earn a college education, but become two of war's grim statistics. Billy loses part of one leg, and Cindy her hand. What they find, however, are many wonderful people to help them.
These characters are endearingly human but larger than life. The contrast between reality's horrors and the child-like wonder that Billy and Cindy can still feel is extremely moving. I admire the way that the author packs what seems to be a straight-forward narrative with so much emotional dynamite. Through the eyes of this couple, we see not only their lives but the world at large. Social issues such as war, violence, poverty and religion are examined. Hopefully, lessons are learned.
Most of all, though, this novel is a celebration of the human spirit: its incredible ability to overcome hardship, to imagine, to love, to persevere and to inspire.
Now run, run, and pick up a copy!
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