A technically very well written and superbly narrated piece. Other Amazon reviews have praised and criticized various aspects and deservedly. I apprec..Show More »iated the main character. I related very well to him, sometimes too much! (that is a good thing). I have never read anything else by Ford, this was the first, so that his foray into unusual territories (the pagan thing, the civil war sub-plot, ect) was a pleasant surprise. One review said this was about the protagonist and his father. No, it's not, that's secondary. The story is about a near middle-aged gay man whose trek through life has been far less than expected. He wants more and like many of us, doesn't know if, when or where that's going to manifest. The pagan sub-plot by the way was a bold bit that actually works. I have had a bit of experience in that vein myself, did not work for me, but that's the way she goes. Some of the prose was overly baked and in my view entirely unnecessary and in the beginning nearly caused me to stop the read. Glad I didn't stop, but one star subtracted from the review because of the near miss (LOL). One last thing ... I hope Ford reprises the characters and writes a Part II, I did like it well enough to want more!
It was an okay easy read, kind of on the level of a Lifetime movie. However, the cover shows two cute guys in their undies, suggesting this is anothe..Show More »r one of Ford's brilliant gay novels. NOT SO!! There is only one gay character, a woebegone, lost druggie. Really? So disappointing! After "Last Summer," and "The Road Home," two wonderful books featuring complex, personable and admirable gay characters, this book, centering on two straight families, comes off like a bait-and-switch scam. I did finish it, and it was entertaining enough, but not at all what I was hoping for!
There were way too many characters in this book. More than once I had to ask myself "Who is this person?", "Has this character been in the book yet?",..Show More » "Who is this character?" Overlapping and mixing so many different stories and lives into one story is a good idea, it just didn't work out very well for me in this one.