Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. And in the book's daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316126470
- ISBN-13: 978-0316126472
A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
Written in clear, crystalline prose, The Book of Life comprises seven stunning tales about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption that signal the arrival of a bold and exciting new writer.
My take on this book:
I love short stories, because they are so easy to pick up and put down, and I often like to read a few between full length novels and "The Book Of Life" is a collection of seven short stories that give us well developed characters. The authors vivid descriptions easily allowed me to feel as if I was glimpsing into the lives of the characters, and while I didn't always like the characters in the stories, they always came of as very realistic and felt like normal everyday people. There was often bits of humor woven into the stories, and the endings often left me wanting just a bit more.He packs a lot of drama, saga and family issues into each one making it a great read for anyone who likes to read about troubled family/friend relationships.
Overall if your a fan of stories with solidly written plots that give you a few twists and turns, and leave you wondering about the characters then you should pick up this book. If you think short stores aren't your thing, "The Book Of Life" just might change your mind. I am anxious to read more from this author.
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About the author:
Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic.
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