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A technically very well written and superbly narrated piece. Other Amazon reviews have praised and criticized various aspects and deservedly. I appreciated 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!
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At last, a book you don't need to check your scepticism at the door for. The characters feel real. The author doesn't feel the need to wrap up every minute detail, but concentrates on the the protagonist's story line. The "ghosts" in the plot didn't feel contrived, and even the naked swimming ritual at the pond, however bizarre, added to the emotion of the Burk's return home. A really fantastic book.
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