Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Since I’ve been going on and on about reviews, I thought I’d share a recent surprise review of Yesterday Road. It’s another of the “out of the blue” variety, by a reader I don’t know, who bought and read the book completely out of my view. I wasn’t waiting for it, didn’t know it was there for days, and was blown away by the reader’s enthusiasm. Here’s the full review:
Kevin Brennan has created characters with such depth that I could not help but feel love and compassion for them in reading this novel. I stayed up late tonight to finish the book, so I will keep this review brief. Highly recommended read. My father has memory loss. His circumstances differ from Jack’s, yet I came away with a renewed respect for those who, like Jack and my father, struggle daily to make sense of what they can no longer recall.
It’s always especially poignant when readers relate what I’ve written to their own lives. As a writer, I never consciously set out to target particular groups of readers — in this case, families with elders who are suffering from Alzheimer’s and related dementias — but when it happens I realize that writing fiction shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you attempt to create worlds based even loosely on the reality we all know and love, you’re going to rub up against genuine experiences, crises, identities, and pain, and your work will have a ripple effect.
Reviews like this make me want to remind myself of that every time I sit down to write.
Once again, if you’ve read Occasional Soulmates and you’re inclined to post a review of your own, this would be a great week to do it. I need one more in order to list a forthcoming promotion on a popular marketing site.