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Becoming Moon is the poignant coming-of-age story about a young man struggling to be himself amid pressure from a conservative family. Following his dream of becoming a writer, he turns away from everything he knows, and enters adulthood embittered, angry, and resentful.As he struggles to make a name for himself, he is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. AlthoughBecoming Moon is the poignant coming-of-age story about a young man struggling to be himself amid pressure from a conservative family. Following his dream of becoming a writer, he turns away from everything he knows, and enters adulthood embittered, angry, and resentful.As he struggles to make a name for himself, he is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Although it requires a betrayal of his principles as an artist, he resigns himself to what appears to be fate. The writer’s compromise brings money and recognition, but these are fleeting and he soon finds himself caught in a web of depression and financial hardship. Desperate and sinking quickly, the writer begins taking trips to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he hopes to reconnect with his muse. During one of these excursions, he meets Nigel Moon, a grizzled fellow author nearing the end of his career. Moon gives the writer a second golden opportunity and the chance to prove himself in the face of personal doubts—but only if the writer is able to set his past aside.Equal parts witty and dark and wry and tragic, the text uses simplicity as its focus. Raw and honest, Becoming Moon is an unforgettable book about exorcising past demons and finding personal redemption....

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Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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Becoming Moon Reviews

  • ✰☽✰RaeleighReads✰☾✰
    2019-04-17 01:46

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Hart certainly wades into the deep end with Becoming Moon. Sometimes timidly, sometimes boldly, always honestly, he wades into the deep end of life, the nature of creating, the nature of being. Reading Becoming Moon is almost a surreal experience, but one rooted in stark reality. It is certainly a book that can be read again and again, each time looking for new meaning. I happen to admire people who have a point of view, perhaps especially when that view deviates from the status quo, and who are not afraid to share that view with the world. This book is honest, insightful, brave, and sometimes uncomfortable. It is also very well written. At one point in the novel, Hart mentions modern classics. I don't know if it was his intention to create a modern classic with this book, but I'm going to go ahead and say it. For me, this is a modern classic. It will always have a place on my bookshelf.What is a modern classic? To me, a modern classic is a piece of literature, written recently, that addresses major societal issues without bluntly mentioning the issues the book confronts. These works are subtle, masterfully crafted, with a unique perspective or unique construction. And all of that takes place underneath a story line that is simple and attention-grabbing so that any reader could enjoy the book merely for the story. But for those few who would perhaps like to look a little deeper, well, there would be plenty of material to keep those people questioning and arguing for years to come. This review is quickly becoming an exposition on literature, and for that, I apologize. But isn't that what great literature does? It makes us think, makes us question, makes us wonder. Becoming Moon accomplishes that for me.It addresses several hot button topics and is arranged in five non-linear parts. Following the story of an author, it begins almost at the end and then jumps backward in time to acquaint you with the author's past. His story is one that many will find familiar, and the choices he makes lead him down an inevitably difficult road. Those easily offended should read warily.I'm recommending this to anyone who enjoys really great literature. I think those who enjoy an intellectual read will like this, and I think those looking for something interesting and different to add to their summer reading lists (or any reading lists for that matter), should give this a try.

  • The Behrg
    2019-04-10 04:38

    I typically rotate between a handful of books, starting and stopping each over the course of a month. With "Becoming Moon" I felt like I was sitting down at a banquet after months of starvation. I devoured this book. Hart writes with a unique voice that is instantly accessible and riveting. His characters breathe and his prose is delicate, each word chosen with care. He is, what I would consider, "a writer's writer." "Becoming Moon" isn't a mad-dash thriller or "edge-of-your-seat" doomsday adventure. But this is what literary fiction is meant to be. Honest, daring, and unforgettable. A novel I highly recommend.

  • Scott
    2019-04-20 00:26

    Becoming Moon did things to my psyche that few books have. I found myself agonizing with the protagonist as he passes through the rise and fall of his literary star. Craig Hart is a writer of immeasurable skill and I am waiting excitedly for his next effort!

  • Maggie
    2019-03-29 21:55

    Who are we, really?((Spoiler alert)) A young man who makes questionable choices becomes an imposter. In the heat of the moment he steals another author’s work. He rationalizes his actions, saying he deserved the success, but the move cost him friendships, his social life, and a chunk of his mental health. Years later, paranoid and compulsive, he has another opportunity to become “Someone,” but he bolts at the first sign of trouble. In a diabolical plot twist, this character naturally flows into a second imposter role by legally assuming the rights to another’s name.Kindle Scout winning Craig Hart’s book is deep, reminding us that we are a product of our choices. From the start, this protagonist bucked the system, choosing to go against tradition and his family’s wishes. Hart cleverly doesn’t name his protagonist, using him as an every man, a masthead for the universal screw-up inside each of us.Coming from a fundamental Christian background, the main character has qualms about his actions, qualms that result in hallucinations and loathing of his father. The message of the book is: people lie, cheat, and steal. Some get away with it. Or do they?Another reviewer suggested this book was a modern classic. I second that endorsement. Hart draws you in with simple prose and a man-child driven by the need to succeed. In today’s world of “what’s in it for me?” it’s easy to see how this situation could transpire, even easier to see how morals and ethics are becoming less the fabric of our society and more like the out of date clothing shoved to the back of our closets. I predict you won’t quickly forget this excellent book.Maggie Toussaint and Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews

  • Keith
    2019-04-20 02:35

    I started reading 'Becoming Moon' by Craig A. Hart, at the suggestion of a friend in my book club. She had just finished the novel, and said I would enjoy it. But I never expected that it would move me so much. Some read books for the pleasure of seeing their life reflected in the pages. Others, like me, prefer reading books to experience a piece of life I'd otherwise have never known. I would suggest to any prospective readers that you do not read any detailed reviews; the less you known about this story, the better off you are. All I will say is that it's a well-written, intellectual read with genuine three-dimensional characters & I can't wait for my other friends to read this one so we can all talk about it!

  • Jacob Nordby
    2019-04-03 00:54

    I had the pleasure of reading this book in pieces before it became a book. Now I have read the whole thing in its finished form and I only wish it were longer. I grew to love the main character in all his honesty, dishonesty and genuine confusion about life. His moral dilemma was made more potent because of a background in a faith with so little moral wiggle room. I hope this author writes a lot more.Craig Hart joins the ranks of literary fiction writers like Richard Russo and John Irving. Gentle, honest and compassionate, his style is the refreshing equivalent of NPR rather than TV network news.

  • Monte Dutton
    2019-04-04 00:32

    Becoming Moon is superbly plotted. Craig Hart didn't tip off his pitches. The flashbacks are adroitly executed. Perhaps others are capable of picking up hints and intuitively seeing what is coming, but that wasn't my experience. The irony is vivid, but I didn't see most of it coming. It is a marvelous fable of irony and poetic justice.My only misgiving is that it is all too brief.I must be careful here not to go into too much detail and deprive readers of the excitement that comes with having the tale of a struggling author who bears the toll of his temptations run its course.Craig displays a discipline that I like. My novels have more wiggle room. I plot out a general story, but it grows and takes twists and turns that occur to me as I go along. I have to acquire the organization, in the span of the various drafts, that Craig seems to have firmly in mind at the outset, or that may be just my impression, but whether true or not, it is a compliment. I shouldn't assume the process that another work of literature takes.We all have to cultivate a style. Mine is different from Craig's. I don't know that it's better or worse. It is merely mine.What I have concluded, in reading Becoming Moon, is that I admire Craig's style.

  • M.R.
    2019-04-02 02:37

    Becoming Moon is a gem of literary magic that explores the psyche of a troubled writer.Nigel Moon doesn't trust happy artists - looks like he just found the perfect writer to ghost-write for him.Everyone has got skeletons in the closet and Hart's main character is no exception. Stripped-down and bare-boned, Becoming Moon explores the ramifications of growing up with oppressively religious parents, living with the guilt of dishonesty, and witnessing wicked acts. Hart's MC seems to embrace the expression "faking it until he makes it," sedating his troubled conscience with booze, a little weed, women, and recollections of the Holy Ghost while he struggles with his capabilities as a writer.A great read that had me drooling on my Kindle in the wee hours of the morning.Secret Life of a Townie Book Blog

  • Kimberly Hart
    2019-04-19 22:47

    In Becoming Moon, Hart so effortlessly captures the depth of human experience through the lens of "one-hit wonder" writer, who carries with him a secret and the burden of a restrictive, religious upbringing. With masterful writing, an intriguing plot, and a beautifully flawed cast of characters, Becoming Moon is a great read!

  • Becky
    2019-04-11 01:38

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. Right from the off the story captured my attention and flowed so smoothly I could picture it as if watching a movie screen. I started off feeling quite sorry for the main character and really routing him on. However, when he compromised his ethics and found success that was truly not his own I lost respect for him. I am reminded however, what Moon said, that there is 'no free will. Life is a path that has already been laid for us.' So, in the end I accepted that, that was the MC's path to success.

  • Sandra Lopez
    2019-04-19 05:37

    "There was something about writing in the same place every day that turned task to chore. It stunted the imagination. It dampened the enthusiasm. It blunted the honed edge of my prose. I found repetition distracting and, in the throes of boredom, became a master of avoidance. At those times I was much better at not writing, becoming intensely productive in all things unrelated." (3)So our aspiring, young writer hits the road, where he encounters Nigel Moon, bestselling author. The writer seeks out this author in hopes that his experience and wisdom would rub off. "The life of a starving artist is only romantic on the big screen or the printed page. I lived it and quickly discovered I didn’t enjoy suffering for my art. Didn’t mean I loved it less; just that I was more materialistic than I thought." (12)"We’re a strange breed. I don’t trust naturally happy, well-adjusted writers. I’ve never met an artist enamored with life. I don’t think the two can coexist." (13) At this point, I have to say that I am awestruck by Nigel Moon. He appears to be standoffish and ill-tempered. In fact, you probably wouldn't think of him as a bestselling author. But what sets him apart are his words, words full of candid reverence, words so brutal yet lovely. "Artists tend to be crap at business." (14) Yeah, that's true."My art has become my nemesis. Because of the goddamn dollar.” (15) It's hard to say what the writer felt after meeting Moon, especially after that Hemmingway parable (God, did he really shoot himself because he couldn't come up with anything?) but, nevertheless, he continues on with his mission to "begin writing...or, at least, begin the attempts at writing." But what happens when a once-brilliant writer now devoid of words asks you to write the final book in his contract? In part two, the writer talks of becoming an atheist as a young boy in his sorely religious town, where his father was the pastor. Rewinding in time, the boy relives days of his childhood, reminiscing on his resentment for God, the church, and his father. The reader will enjoy the boy's foolish mischief driven by his wild-eye naiveté in the presence of a holy town. "If your past experiences, even one of them, had been different, you'd be a different person. Perhaps only slightly different, but different." (113)Well-written, engaging, and completely relatable, Becoming the Moon is a tantalizing tale of desolated loss and strenuous yearning. As artists, we crave the written word and dream of literary excellence without the compromise of prideful integrity. It is a true portrayal of an artist's passion ruminative in sorrowful and intellectual prose. Story is about a struggle, a struggle at seeking out what was lost or never had; it is a test of ethics and survival of a true work of art in the face of "the system." "We artists are nothing; it is the art. We are only conduits. When the artist becomes the art, the art itself dies." (143) "The world owes the artist nothing...the artist is the one who owes the world." (150)

  • Vincent Annunziato
    2019-04-04 02:32

    Craig Hart’s “Becoming Moon” follows the path of a desperate writer. We follow our main character through a series of flaws that make him quite interesting. Everything from his habitual nature, to his obstinacy toward religion and of course his inability to lead a successful life as a writer. As fate would have it, Hart uses an acceptable coincidence of potentially divine intervention. Our protagonist meets up with what may be an older version of himself. The older writer has had one successful book that has lead to a series, but he has burned out and his mental faculties are failing. They make a deal which inevitably will help them both.Success is a builder in life and romance develops as he delves into the story with some renewed energy. Readers also unearth more about the writer’s past. Raised by a hypocrite of Christian faith, we find ourselves in a murky past of deceitful influences. Peer pressure from boys who are exploring alternatives from strict upbringings to a young girl trying to escape the horrors of her family. All of this leading to a lifelong rebellion of spirituality.The author builds on all of the above to bring readers into an interesting moral dilemma. The ghost-writing relationship has gone defunct and the main character is now more desperate than ever to make money. A golden opportunity arises that pits success against friendship, honor and respect. What will he choose?I think readers will enjoy Craig Hart’s writing abilities. He has a fluid style which makes this an easy read. Although I apologize for the cliffhanger in this review, it is done to entice anyone sitting on the fence. If you enjoy gritty, philosophical reads, Becoming Moon will take you down into the dregs of humanity - a place where possibly many of us have been, but don’t want to admit to. Engaging read with an interesting twist at the end.

  • Polly
    2019-04-03 00:51

    Craig A. Hart’s BECOMING MOON is a story in five parts that follows our writer protagonist, unnamed throughout, in his search for the fame and fortune he believes he deserves yet which continues to elude him. On his trip to the Upper Peninsula, he meets famous but burnt-out author, Nigel Moon, who wants our ne’er-do-well hero to write the last book to fulfill his contractual obligation to his publisher, and to write it in Moon’s name. There are a lot of philosophical conversations, drinking, and deep introspection. Moon is a clever old man who uses a bit of chicanery to get our hero to accept, but he’s found out, and the deal fizzles.There are a few time shifts in the book, and each time I found myself easing into the new direction of the story. Each shift tells us more about our main character. We get a peek into his strict religious upbringing in a coming of age section, a bit of voyeurism during a couple of interesting affairs in others, and a major deception I wasn’t prepared for that defines our character in a way that left me disliking him on a grand scale.The one disconnect for me was one character’s fear of being exposed which allowed the deception to develop. I won’t give away any more of the story. What I will say is BECOMING MOON is a beautifully written book about angst, ambition, fear, and betrayal. The premise recalls the Faustian legend, but rather than the contract being with the devil, the character's contract is with himself.

  • Nick Rossi
    2019-04-08 02:56

    Oh, the life of a writer. Forced to live with the ever-present plethora of words that are just aching to be released on paper, ideas that spin around with the hope of being born into becoming a great piece of art. It's an exhausting career to undertake, both a blessing and a curse. In Craig A. Hart's ethereal Becoming Moon, he not only presents a character study of a talented writer, but also successfully provides a commentary on the dangers of over-parenting and over-planning one's journey.It's a simple story, really, but an extremely profound analysis of personal motivations and understanding one's truths. The protagonist in Becoming Moon is complicated, resentful and real. Like every other writer, our protagonist wants to essentially create a timeless piece of art, but as we all know, the creation of art comes from a place that is sacred and rare, and cannot be forced. With a clear dislike for the concept of ghost-writing, Hart uses this plot point as a catalyst for our hero to confront the issues of his past before he becomes the man he wants to be.There are more conflicts and plot points in Hart's novel that the reader might find familiar (The Words, a film starring Bradley Cooper comes to mind). However, Hart manages to inject more life and vigour to a character who ultimately only wishes to be a true artist but life, as it tends to do, gets in the way.Like this review? Read more like it at www.readingotherpeople.com

  • Daniela
    2019-04-13 03:47

    This book is a gem! I recommend this book to all that are interested in the life of an artist: worries, work ethic, the difficult choices that define his path. The main character, a young man struggling to free himself from the pressure of his extremely religious-conservative family, manages to run away in order to follow his dream of becoming a writer. He turns away from everything he knows, and enters adulthood embittered, angry, and resentful. His only goal is to become published. Up to this point one feels a lot of sympathy for the character.When presented with the opportunity of stealing another's work and putting his name on a book, he takes it and achieves glory and fame for a while, having to cut all ties with his old friend and supporters. The victory is short lived though and soon both his resources and inspiration dry out. One feels the character's suffering but by this time a lot of the sympathy for him is gone.A new chance to redeem himself presents itself to him but this time the price is to put his past aside and become the ghost writer of Nigel Moon.Skillfully written and hard to put down!I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

  • Alex Schumacher
    2019-03-26 00:49

    People are fearful. Fearful of god, fearful of failing, fearful of dying alone. Most writers are fearful of exploring such glorious wreckage, but not Craig A. Hart. Written in a direct, cut-to-the-bone style, Becoming Moon drills deep into the turbulent mind of the writer at the center of the story as he grapples with a conservative upbringing, a successful career on the decline, and the very threat of facing his own existence. Hart exposes raw human emotion in all its glory, cringe-worthy and unsettling, which is a rare virtue today.“Life is ugly,” Moon said. “That’s why it’s so beautiful...”

  • Matthew Caldwell
    2019-04-15 21:35

    Just when you think you have Becoming Moon figured out, author Craig Hart has you right where he wants you. He loves to baffle and exceed your expectations in this tale of a writer who's searching for his spirit. I couldn't recommend this gem highly enough!

  • Matt
    2019-03-24 21:40

    Full disclosure: I met Craig Hart at a recent lit fest in Illinois, and, after we chatted a bit throughout the day, he was kind enough to give me a copy of "Becoming Moon." If I told you the book's plot, you would probably think "neat" and that would be that. It's good, but Hart's real strength isn't what happens, but rather how he tells you what happens. The prose is rock solid, his voice shines through each sentence, and the scenes are alternately moving and hilarious. He's able to write with gravitas and a glint in his eye, and he can somehow do both simultaneously. It's wonderful. Highly recommended.

  • Abby Rosmarin
    2019-04-08 03:42

    What is it about writers loving to read about writing, and other writers? Are we really that self-indulgent?I wavered on exactly how I wanted to rate this book. Becoming Moon reflected on aspects of the writing world and the writer's mind that I know all too well. It was an effortless, quick read.But therein lies the problem: It was TOO quick. The book has great subject matter, but all of it is skimmed over in very unsatisfying ways. There were too many scenes, too many bits of dialogue, that would've benefitted from a better fleshing out.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-09 00:49

    I initially liked the story. It started off good, with the strange vision and the trip up to the Upper Peninsula,meeting Nigel Moon. But after that, it felt disjointed. It went off on long tangents--first the character's youth, then later one about how he got "his" first book published. Each of these, in themselves, would have been good individual stories. It felt like there were a lot of details in them that distracted from the main story. I would have liked more explained or shown about the visions, as well, and had them be more relevant to the book.

  • Anna Russell
    2019-04-10 22:44

    I enjoyed this book.Following a dream of becoming a writer.Author shows how life gets in the way.It's honest,daring and how fixing your past finds your future.

  • Bill Pisano
    2019-03-22 23:42

    Becoming Moon lacked Character DepthThe writer really did not build any other character but the main character. Interesting story but could figure out how it was going to end spooning the book.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-17 21:51

    A Writer's SecretsHe never inhabited his own life, was not allowed to as a child. A deep dark peek into the life of a person who wanted to be a writer. I would like to have read more about his relationship with Moon and Kate, how it ended, and some resolution with his parents. The story was engaging and had moments that captivated me, but I wanted more.

  • Monica
    2019-04-20 01:45

    For me, this book started off well but quickly lost steam about two-thirds of the way through. At the beginning I was genuinely intrigued by the characters and their interactions (despite the weird lack of contractions). Things moved at a slow but logical pace, and I remained interested as people's motivations were revealed. Then, all of a sudden, the author decided to cram a bunch of weird, illogical twists and half-thoughts into the last third of the book, as if he'd gotten bored with writing and wanted to wrap things up. I feel this would have been a much better book if the author stuck with the pace he started with and made a book that was 50-100 pages longer. However, even with that, there were still some issues:(view spoiler)[1) There's no way that the main character (and why no name?) could have gotten away with publishing John's book as his own. Seriously, a guy's not going to fight for his art because someone might find out he's gay? Even if not at the time, I'm sure it would have come out in the time since publication. Not only was this twist nonsensical, it was borderline ripped off from the Tom Yates character on House of Cards.2) We're supposed to believe that Moon so badly wanted the main character to be his ghostwriter that he was able to, in a pinch, convince his supposedly intelligent and well-adjusted granddaughter to seduce the guy? How did that conversation even go down? Maybe this part would have been less frustrating if it had been expanded beyond a weird and abrupt footnote. 3) The whole thing with Emily. The author spends a lot of time developing this character with what I consider to be a good purpose, a way to show the main character maturing, developing sexually, etc., and I thought the way she initially left was fulfilling. I saw no need to bring her back years later for a quick "Hey she showed up and they got married but she turned out to be a druggie kbye" afterthought. Again, maybe if the author spent more time on the evolution of their later relationship it might have seemed less odd.(hide spoiler)]The author shows a lot of potential here, but overall I feel like he'd benefit from spending more time on his next book to have a better chance of fully realizing the ideas he has. But maybe that's just me.

  • Eve Gaal
    2019-04-20 21:52

    I loved this book because it reminded me of all the writing struggles I personally have had throughout the years, some of which consist of bitter truths, underpaid delusions, lofty dreams and inspired visions shared by those who traveled similar roads. In other words, I could relate to the overthinking and the landmines created by others. But Becoming Moon deserves to be a bestseller and is immensely polished and well-crafted prose about a sort of conversion. After glancing at some of the other reviews about this book, I firmly believe that if you haven’t experienced the agony of writing or thrown your heart into some sort of art, then you might not be able to relate in even an infinitesimal way. Professor Schmidt puts it this way: “We artists are nothing; it is the art. We are only conduits. When the artist becomes the art, the art itself dies.” And those looking for gore and gut wrenching violence might want to steer clear because something evil happens in Becoming Moon that’s worse than a death by hanging for a writer and that’s plagiarism. I applaud Mr. Hart for tackling this delicate, painful subject with inebriated imagery and heartfelt melancholy.Earlier, there’s a conversation in a bar, “We know nothing.” And that’s when you begin to realize that the main character’s soul is drowning analogous to an actual drowning from the beginning of the book. Then the revival pushes him further down the rabbit hole. Trust? Confidence? Huge issues—and women? Kate, Emily and Chloe have their own agendas that make the writer drink with an updated Hemingway style. Lots of creativity here such as a main character no one calls by name but since it’s in first person, you don’t mind. Until he’s completely lost and you want him to have a name. You want him to believe in God and trust in those words he’s humming. Most likely, you’ll hope as I did, that those bees buzzing outside the cabin window are a sign of hope leading to his new-found faith.

  • Kristina Aziz
    2019-03-27 22:39

    I don't even know where to start with this book. I mean, it was good. This book was a well written, really great book to read. The characters were varied and even if a couple fell through the cracks, for the most part they were multi-dimensional characters. The plot was complex without being too complex to follow, and interesting enough to want to read in the course of one day (as opposed to some books that I will put down and scribble or make paper stars at work instead of reading it and then it takes me several days to finish it) I mean, it was a really good book. Four stars, easy. The fifth always depends on whether I would spend money on it. And here is my problem. People are heralding this book as a literary masterpiece, like it's a modern day classic that should be taught and over analyzed in school. They may not say that, but it's pretty clear in the vocabulary they're using. They are not using the same vocabulary that they use for reviews on Harry Potter, or even The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. No, they are using the exclusive vocabulary reserved for The Scarlet Letter, or Mark Twain books. I really don't feel like this was a masterpiece. That's a pretty heavy word to give something. It was very good, and I would certainly read it at the library or love it as a gift or even buy the kindle version. But I wouldn't spend more than $3.00 on this. Overall: We're left at 4.5.And also, I got this book for free from the author through a Goodreads Giveaway.

  • Courtney
    2019-04-12 03:35

    I can't sing the praises of this book loud enough - I was absolutely captured by all five parts of this incredible story. A young man meets curmudgeon and washed up novelist Nigel Moon at a bar during a snowstorm. Stuck in the town due to weather, Moon asks the young man to ghost-write his next book, the sixth and final story in his contractually obligated series. After some consideration, the young man agrees. Rewind several years and you're in the young man's childhood. His parents, devout, insane Christians trying to brainwash him finding God, the young boy finds many ways to disobey, act out, and live his own life. This, Part 2 of the story, really got to me and set the tone for the rest of the book.I don't want to give too much away because I could never do this story justice - go read it!

  • Ann Omasta
    2019-04-08 04:56

    Becoming Moon is not the type of book I would normally pick up to read during my free time. I'm more of a fluffy, happily ever after kind of gal, which is why this book sat unread on my Kindle for far too long. I kept hearing good things about it, though, and eventually caved in to peer pressure. Once I finally started it, I couldn't put it down. Rather than short chapters, this book unfolds in large sections. The layers of the main character's life are peeled back further in each part, which jump into different phases of this troubled author's world to reveal his full story. I found myself wondering where the plot was heading and staying up late to sneak in a few extra pages. It was definitely different than the novels I'm used to reading, but it was a good different.

  • Fiona Quinn
    2019-04-01 05:53

    This wonderful book, often lyrically written, examines the underbelly of being a writer (or anyone trying to make a living in the arts). It's often dark. It's often a moral dilemma. It's even more often not what readers would think actually happens. I would suggest this book to people who enjoy Hemingway - my daughter is a fan, so I sent her a copy. Also those who enjoy grappling with the philosophical questions of how they got to where they are and where should they be going now. This book would be a very good choice for book/reading groups and people who enjoy discussing literature, there is much food for thought in this piece.

  • Marla Knaack
    2019-03-30 05:54

    Different.It was difficult reading a person who never spoke in contractions. It is not the way you are used to hearing a person talk. (See what I mean?) That said, the story is about a man who is basically a jerk, and finding out what made him that way. His crazy religious parents, his first friends, and the betrayals in his life that makes him someone who betrays, and feels totally justified for it. I don't feel like all the strings were tied together at the end. I have a lot of questions.