Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
A very nice review by Cinthia Ritchie, author of Dolls Behaving Badly:
There are so many good things about “Yesterday Road” that I don’t know where to begin.
The characters are wonderfully flawed, real and endearing. Even the carjacker shows his vulnerable side.
But it is Jack who carries the book, Jack with his faulty memory, his daydreams, his loose grasp on reality, his almost comical ability to wake up each morning with no knowledge of the day before.
Yet it’s difficult to pick a favorite character, difficult to pinpoint which one truly carries the story since they are all so real and true and human. We all know people like this; we are like this, in one respect to another, from the boy-man with Down Syndrome to a motherly waitress to Steve-the-carjacker to Jack himself: They are all so likeable, the way Anne Tyler’s characters are so totally likeable. We like them because they are, in a sense, who we are.
The writing is lovely, with passages so true that they almost hit you in the gut: “Those were nights when time did not move forward, per se, but settled the way snowflakes settled, accumulating, He could squat there in his hiding place, letting time settle on him so that the night never really passed, the light stayed the same, soft and the color of sleep, and the angel breathed.”
There are so many good passages, so many heartfelt and funny moments in “Yesterday Road” that it’s impossible to list them all except to say that the writing, the story and, especially, the characters never disappoint. They remain, through every passage, every line, beautifully and truly themselves.
PS — YR will be listed tomorrow on Ereader News Today as a bargain book. If you steer your posse to it, they can grab a copy before the price goes up soon.