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Stewart (Stu for short) Remington is a writer who's lost his family to, possibly a car wreck, then his ability to continue to write. His life is in shambles, his thoughts are scattered. The only thing that keeps him sane is his pitbull Rolo, demanding his walk, food and water, and an occasional petting and a bone. It is Rolo who pulls Stu out of his funk, brings meaning to his life and turns loneliness into a friendship with a neighbor.
I can't divulge the rest of the story. It's very well written, holds you captive with purpose and brings tears of joy to an otherwise, another good book. You too will enjoy this book as much as I did. Pick it up, smile with each turn of a page and if I'm not mistaken, shed a tear at the end. Enjoy, I did!
In addition to this, Stu lives with his faithful dog Rolo, making his way through life day by day. Still grieving the loss of his wife five years ago, he relives older memories from when she was alive and he was very happy. He also meets a mysterious stranger, Waylon, and there is definitely more to him than meets the eye. Waylon, as it turns out, is connected to something much larger going on in Weston. But who is he really and how does he know so much about Stu and his past?
While Stu develops a friendship with Debby and her young daughter Ashley, tragedy strikes them and they must go to the hospital. And when someone new in town steps into the picture to help, who is this guy and why is he holding a revival meeting in a tent? The answers to these questions will delight you, as the way the story plays out is an emotional roller-coaster ride from start to finish, with surprising stakes, intriguing characters with that next-door-neighbor feel and powerful storytelling mixed with just the right amount of whimsy.
Stu is a wonderful character who’s well illustrated and his struggles speak right to your heart as you read it. Over the course of this story, one of the underlying forces that inform his character is watching him cope with his repressed and complicated grief, his self-imposed isolation from most of society, trying to complete his novel and most importantly, his lack of faith and hope. The circumstances he faces here forces some introspection but it’s a difficult journey for him, pushing him to his emotional limits and compelling him to face some emotions he has avoided for so long. Stu’s difficulties with human connection and his sad view of the world due to his grief and his depression are all linked to one another. He evolves in the most individual and nuanced of ways, moving in unusual directions as he moves through this process.
Other great characters are Debbie and Ashley; their storyline and what happens to them are the catalyst for a series of realizations for Stu as he processes their precarious situation and tries to figure out what he should do, as their dilemma threatens to escalate out of his control and the true agenda of darker forces is exposed. Also, the revelations about Stu’s magical typewriter are quite delicious and significantly adds to the story in a very meaningful way.
All of these storylines dovetail together seamlessly to try to bring resolution to all areas of Stu’s life, though it does so in completely unexpected and unpredictable ways. By the finale, we see whether he successfully completes his journey that only he alone was meant to travel. How he does so is elegant, genuinely poetic and given Stu’s history, perfectly appropriate and earnestly heartfelt. Happy or sad, everyone gets an ending to their story.
This story perfectly captures the idyllic life of a small town as it’s a sparkling tale filled with personality and gentle charm. Add these wonderful characters and an urgent situation that grows ever more dire on multiple levels and you get a truly flawless and fantastically satisfying novel, one that makes you feel it sincerely, as it is so emotionally provocative and well done.
I originally read this story when it was serialized and waiting for the next chapter to resolve those cliffhangers was painful because the story is so good and I had to know what happened next! But now, being able to read it from beginning to end as a complete novel without having to wait for the next installment, should only enhance your enjoyment of this tale.
Personally, I am MUCH more of a Fantasy/scifi reader myself, but I was already sent the book, so figured I would lose very little to try it out.
All i can say is one word to sum up the whole thing: WOW.
No, seriously, wow. Being an imaginative person, I was totally able to see the situation Stu was in, understand and feel his pain an anguish, and be immersed into the story rather quickly. I usually find non scifi too boring, and lose interest fast, but i just HAD to know what happened to Stu, and what the heck that shady character Waylon was up to.
Read this, it isn't a big read, but totally worth the time you put into the story.
Initially Garner wrote Writer's Block, only intending the first installment to be the only installment. Thankfully Stu's story was not set in stone with that first part, and Garner decided to continue and ultimately finish Stu's tale in the other four parts.
Garner has an easy way about his storytelling, one that draws you in and puts you right alongside the characters. Even when trouble happens for Stu, the author makes sure that the readers feel safe and confident in the process. I love Garner's writing style and with each new story he just keeps getting better and better. I love how Writer's Block ultimately ended as well, capping off a story that essentially ended up telling itself.
Well done, Hank. The tears were definitely coming to my eyes as the story wrapped up and I look forward to having this in paperback on my bookshelf.
And, who's to say, really, that the things here-in didn't happen? Maybe they did, just like the story says.
I own a few of the sections of books and was a grateful ARC reader of other parts.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot and ending kept me going----agood read----------
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