By Simon Van Booy
Harper, Hardcover, 9780062408945, April 2016, 304pp.
The Short of It:
A quiet non-traditional story about a father’s love for his daughter.
The Rest of It:
Harvey is just a young girl when her parents are killed in an accident. After the accident, Harvey is placed with Jason, her uncle, who was recently released from prison for a crime he committed as a teen. The two have a lot to learn and with the help of his social worker, Jason learns that fathers aren’t perfect and that the love of a child is something you have to hold dear.
I really enjoyed this story even though I found it to be very different from what I’ve previously read by this author. The language isn’t as poetic as his short story collections. The story is told plainly but the tone and quiet nature of the story really appealed to me.
I enjoyed reading about this unlikely pair. Jason is a little rough around the edges but charming and remorseful for his past actions. He comes across as very genuine and sincere. Harvey is mature and wise and the two seem to understand each other, which makes the story work so well.
In the end, all the pieces come together and what you have is a satisfying read.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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