Beautiful Writing, Compelling Characters, Powerful Story
May 2, 2009
I don't think my review can do justice to Shame. But I'm going to try. For starters, I was given the advanced reading copy via a pdf file and had to read it while attached to my computer. This is not my first choice choice, I like to be able to cradle a book and curl up wherever I chose. The computer is just not the same.
Even though this was an annoyance, I voraciously devoured this story.
The characters became so real to me that I wept. But before I wept, I wrestled along with the inner struggle of John, and the unknown that lay sprawled on his horizon and the ties that kept him at bay. There were moments, basketball details mostly, where I didn't hang on every word, but the struggles, the tension, the story of what-if and what-might-have-been and what's-the-point pulled on every one of my emotional strings leaving most of them taut and humming.
Garrett writes with poignancy and fluidity, words filled with visuals and other sensory experiences that paint scene after scene in the readers' mind. In Shame, he aptly tackles the common human conditions, the ones we all have to face, eventually. The things we try to medicate, drown, and subdue, the haunting specter of relationships and regrets, and the reality of whom we are being the sum of our choices.
Shame will be on my 2009 favorites list. Fans of authors like Tom Morrisey and Wally Lamb may want to look into it. Readers who can't handle slower moving narratives or introspection might want to read more reviews and a sample of the writing before purchasing. CBA only readers may balk at some of the scenes, this is PG-rated inspirational fiction. David C. Cook has been publishing novels that are real, gritty, envelope-pushing and thought-provoking, and they get a double thumbs up from me.
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Kelly Klepfer (KellyKlepfer)
Feb 11, 2009
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John Tilden's glory days are far behind him.. He certainly thought there'd be more to it than his ramshackle Oklahoma farm and a mundane job coaching basketball. He loves his wife, but the marriage has settled into complacency.
Now his twentieth high school reunion looms. Will John finally stop moping about what might have been and discover all God has given him?