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The Year Of The Storm (2013)

by John Mantooth(Favorite Author)
3.78 of 5 Votes: 1
0425265749 (ISBN13: 9780425265741)
Berkley Trade
review 1: The Year of the Storm is a Coming-of-Age story filled with violence, dysfunction, magic, and madness. A good summer, southern gothic, a quick read and a suspenseful page-turner. Like Shutter Island, you are left to question the reliability of the narrator - haunted over events that happened when he was 14. He tells the story of the life-changing events that continue to haunt him 16 years late. But we can quickly see the limitations of memory as time, details, some unsavory characters, his own frequent visits to a psychiatrist, and a nonlinear telling all chip away at his credibility. Our need to create and believe a reality we can live with is common for trauma survivors. The story ends with little resolution and seemed to leave as many questions as answers. I want... moreed to believe, not sure I got there. Not even sure I was meant to.
review 2: A lovely coming-of-age story set in rural Alabama, alternating between the sixties and the present day. There are murdered girls, mysterious disappearances and vicious bullying, as well as subtle supernatural elements that never weigh down the narrative. It reminded me a little of Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. The characterization is terrific, and the story of Walter, Danny and Seth is sad and gripping. An exciting debut. less
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Good book--thanks to karen for the rec.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and amazing.
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