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Wivenhoe Park Paperback – October 26, 2013
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During Drew's exploratory 80s, my husband and I were raising two young sons. As parents, we say we want our children to "be happy." Although they come from us, they are not us. They are distinct individuals, with hopes and dreams of their own, and their definitions of happiness might be completely alien to us. We worry, we fret--but they have to figure it out for themselves! Wivenhoe Park honestly depicts a universal journey of a young, sensiive male from a sheltered upbringing who is trying to find love and meaning for himself in a way that is at odds with what he feels his parents want. He has to try to find his own way, to be his authentic self, or he will not feel like a grown-up. The first person poiint of view takes us inside the mind and heart of a young man who refreshingly breaks the stereotype of the one-dimensiional guy who appears to "only want sex" with no strings attached. The internal world revealed is that of a sensitive soul who of course likes sex but also wants to have an emotional and intellectual connection with a woman.
Reading good literature can help people to understand each other. I recommend this book to parents--of both sons and daughters-and also to all of those people out there who love Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, etc.