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Hardcover Book Details
  • 08/2017
  • 9780998281902 0998281905
  • 344 pages
  • $27.00
AJ Smith
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Growth
AJ Smith, author
A middle-aged, alcoholic, and newly divorced landscaper is forced to undergo an intellectual overhaul when he hires two recent college graduates as Summer help. As he explores the works of Stein, Camus, Dostoevsky, and others, he gathers a new appreciation of the relationship between art and nature, but perhaps at the expense of his own grip on reality.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: A beer-swilling landscaper whose wife is divorcing him may not seem the best foundation for a fast-moving plot, but the narration and complexity of the main character carry the story well.

Prose: The writing is reminiscent of a modern Henry James, with perhaps some sprinklings of Virginia Woolf. The contemporary voice and spots of humor enhance what can be intricate but riveting prose.

Originality: There's a common feel to the plot of this story about an overweight, divorced laborer, but the telling is what makes this book stand out as wholly original.

Character Development: Bburke is a fully realized character that readers would recognize in a flash if he were to arrive for a landscaping job. The characterization of minor players is also spot on.

Blurb: This may sound counter-intuitive, but fans of philosophy and classic literature will be captivated by this story of an aging, beer-swilling, overweight landscaper who becomes disconcerted by his expanding awareness.

Date Submitted: June 07, 2018

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 08/2017
  • 9780998281902 0998281905
  • 344 pages
  • $27.00

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