3 out of 4 stars
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The author Edmund Aristone drew inspiration for this book from his personal life experiences. As a strip club for 10 years in Camden , New Jersey. As you read this novel,you can appreciate a parallel between the author’s personal life experiences and those that have been illustrated in the book.
The book illustrates the life of Tom. A young man who from a tender age dealt with watching his mother die in front of him while enjoying a day at the beach. Tragedy and pain follows him throughout the course of his personal life. He learned to tame the pain with his favorite drink of Gin . However, the Gin makes him rather unfavorable and more of a truth speaker that gets him in trouble. In the beginning we can appreciate a man that is drinking a lot, has given up on becoming a doctor and has settled in a relationship that had nothing to do with love and to do with complacency. It is during his downward spiral that he meets Geraldine.
Geraldine is a complicated soul. She is beautiful and unique. She suffers from mental illness. A possibly inherited trait. Tragedy and pain follows her just as much as Tom. This is the deep and visceral connection that binds them together. She brought purpose and stability into Tom’s life. He brought security, knowledge, understanding and financial stability to hers. Geraldine was an artist and a free spirit. She wanted to be admired for her intelligence and not her beauty.
Tom and Geraldine come together as a result of Paula. Paula is Tom’s ex girlfriend. He thought Paula was the one but religious beliefs about abortion and Tom’s inability to grow into her professional circles and his drinking caused the split. Tom realized he was never in love with her. He had put love on a night stand until Geraldine came along. Tom had to learn to travel amongst Geraldine’s world of friends that came with considerable liabilities for the both of them. Geraldine taught him how to understand the world of people living with unforgiveness, sadness, and pain and how they deserved a seat at the table of friendship. She taught him to look inside himself and deal with his intimate closeted emotions and how he was keeping himself from progressing into his purpose by holding back. Tom and Geraldine enjoyed the company and the solidarity of good friends like Red , Sally, Virginia and Marshall.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a book that is relatable to those who have loved ones who suffer from mental illness, addiction issues and those who suffer from unforgiveness. It lent itself to the reader easily . It was not a complicated book . It did have some foul language on several pages ( pg.14,15,60,61,106). I did not like that the author did not elaborate on some of the tragic events that occurred in the book. It kept you guessing and trying to keep parts of the story together as you read along. It would be a good book for audio listening. Either way, I give this book 3 out of 4 stars because I felt it lacked more elaboration in the crime scenes. The book looks like it has been professionally edited no errors found.
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