James Carpenter takes us here on a journey into the darker heart and soul of America, with a tale of those who live on or below the breadline, having to make do as best they can. Through the experiences of Harmon and LeRoy we see what life can be like, where alcohol becomes the only escape to a large degree.
With stark prose we see how these two characters come to live and do things together, and see their previous lives through flashbacks from over the years, and learn more about other characters. With the media it always seems to be a tale of black versus white in America, and that glosses over a problem that is ever growing and that is those who are at the bottom of the ladder, where colour is the last thing on most people’s minds get forgotten about.
With stark prose and believable characters as we see most obviously with LeRoy’s pieces here and his wild imagination this is a story where no one really wants to give the truth, and thus stories grow with the re-telling and embellishments added. This admittedly won’t be for everyone but if you like your fiction more grittier than most, and one that shows the world’s darker problems and coping with them, then this will probably satisfy you.
I was very kindly provided with a free review copy of this by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes.