You can't smell the dump from anywhere unless you're right next to it on a scalding hot day, and you certainly can't even see Staten Island from space, let alone the dump. My point is, he spends so much time describing this island and yet he doesn't actually describe this island at all. There is no direction to his life; he seems intent on settling the score with his father in some way. I have no idea why this won Amazon's breakout novel award. Not bad at all for a first outing! Like a good metaphor, almost more important to an emotion as why someone else goes to the next extreme and murders. Here we get Mardi Gras, there you get slush and sleet.
There's no rule that says serious emotional and psychological subject matter is reserved for massive literary tomes. The story moves on to disclose that the investigating homicide detectives are also acquaintances of both the father and the son. Julia and Molly are too close to be able to set it aside. I must read the summaries a little better. By that, I mean that I could envision the entire world.
So, please help us - if the information about this author is out of date or inaccurate, and you know of a more complete source, please. The summary sounds a bit cliche, but the journey feels re A man who was abused by his father learns his father has been murdered. . Maureen Coughlin is as good as it gets. No one could get shot here execution style without the whole island being in an outrage, people don't just get shot here.
Then the main character drinks, swears and smokes, musing about his crappy life. A complex gothic character study! What about writing mystery appeals to you? By the end of the first page, you know you are in the hands of a strong writer. He loads protagonist John Sanders, Jr. This is a very internal story that portrays Sanders dealing with his demons. And no one thinks you're weird for pursuing the arts. The New York borough of Staten Island is richly drawn and colors the story, from the close-knit neighborhoods to the famous landfill that gives this novel its name and whose odor overpowers the scent of the ocean. This book is not a mystery but a constant self serving rant of an abused adult who cannot let the past go.
It's just something I always thought I would do. And having that drive inherent in a character makes it easier to come up with a plot. It's less an action thriller and more of a psychological drama as the man realizes his father influenced his life, his relationships and made him into the same angry man his father was. Another mark of a well-written book: I'll keep thinking about it. When you think about it, most every book is a mystery: What's gonna happen next? However, it was really hard to spend a lot of page time with John. Then the main character drinks, swears and smokes, musing about his crappy life. This book is billed as a thriller, but it's not.
Although the author wraps the story up nicely, answers the questions that have been blowing in the wind and the guy gets the girl, I didn't care for the answer to the main story question - who killed his father. In the last few pages we find out the murder was a case of mistaken identity. Julia deals with the murder by making funeral and other arrangements. Fresh Kills is the world's largest landfill and dominates the area. I didn't even know what Fresh Kills was a garbage dump, for those not in the know.
We do not find out why and who until the next to the last chapter in the book. I would say that my favorite scenes are the ones with Jimmy. Bedding his high school sweetheart doesn't exactly simplify the situation. He slowly pulled me into the story with a picture of how he felt and why. I listen to Audio books in my car, and I saved this one for a long trip, expecting to savor it. It's really a psychological study with a little mystery thrown in. I look forward to more by Loehfelm! The summary sounds a bit cliche, but the journey feels real until the very end.
This story is basically the story of his journey through his past to better face his future because a lot of his present isn't pretty. Loehfelm excels in making Staten Island itself a palpable presence, brilliantly evoking the reek of the world's largest landfill that gives the novel its name, as well as the despair of the local residents. It is obvious throughout the book that she cares for John, but it's still sort of hard to believe. A little mixed on this one. His constant emphasis on everything wr I have lived on Staten Island for over 50 yrs now.