She says the book "will keep readers engaged to the last page as they are entertainingly immersed into the entangled, action packed and sometimes emotion piquing world of tenaciously durable police officer Ronan McCullough. Charleston, West Virginia Police officer Ronan McCullough is one tough character, he is thoroughly dedicated to his job and when he pursues a criminal he is relentless, willing to risk life and limb if necessary.
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Meredith Sue Willis's first novel to appear as an e-book before it is a hard copy! Check it out at Foreverland Press: Martha plunges into a personal meltdown the way some people plunge into a bag of doughnuts. There Martha discovers that she has a talent for managing the dysfunctional institution and its staff.
She is attracted by the charismatic reverend who oversees Love Palace as well as by Robby, one of the staff members, who is rich, handsome, recently released from a hospital after a suicide attempt, and intensely ambivalent about his sexuality.
Along with the Love Palace crew of runaways, derelicts, struggling blue collar workers, a former Black Panther, and many others, Martha has to deal with her ex-hillbilly mother, who favors shoulder pads and big hair; her sister the big-shot lawyer; and her dying Jewish grandmother.
On my break between semesters I've had a lot of fun reading, including one book off the "extreme reading" list. This list is in many ways strange-- some of the books are long old classics Canterbury Tales, Clarissa, War and Peace,and others are older modernist classics To the Lighthouse.
Then there's Pynchon and Gaddis's J. It made aware of what I've avoided: Underworld is in large part really stunning. The sentences are amazing, and there are a lot of excellent scenes, and I really loved all of the 's growing-up-in-the Bronx parts.
That is probably less than pages of the pages in the book. The main character is Nick Shay who grows up to become a Phoenix based waste control manager who owns for carefully explained but ultimately random reasons the home run ball from the famous Giants-Dodger's game, the "shot heard round the world.
The various references to the Atom Bomb, the bombed out South Bronx, radiation sickness, graffiti art, and various other Important Topics are treated-- to my taste-- portentously, which more than once slides into pretentiously. There are extended metaphors like the computer imagery in the epilogue in which a retired teaching nun dies and goes to cyberspace.
That part was just irritating: Let me step back here with a little caveat emptor. I'm always jealous of the adulation accorded the Guys who write Big Books, and I also tend to be suspicious of a certain post modernism that seems to insist on its own bigness just to prove how great it is, and post modern, and big.
Underworld at its heart seems to me to be the story of how a boy from the streets became a solid if tortured citizen in a particular time and place.
Everything else is back story and decoration. Which isn't to say that the decoration isn't moving and wonderful. I especially liked the appearances of figures like "Jedgar" Hoover and Lenny Bruce, and found Hoover oddly sad and Lenny Bruce's peripatetic night club appearances a clever way of bringing various cities into the story.
I liked much less the radiation deformities and murdered children. They felt added for seriousness and bigness and epic quality. Or perhaps there to screen the writer's honest nostalgia and his fairly simple main story lines.
My favorite character not counting Jedgar is Bronzini, a cuckolded school teacher and chess mentor, who is a Walker in the Bronx: He enjoys his world with his senses and his sadness and his appreciation and sensitivity. He's a wonderful character, but he's part of the Bronx story, and, again, everything in the streets and tenements of Italian Irish Bronx is terrific.
Other parts just got tiresome with their long efforts to make the familiar unfamiliar, as if observed for the first time. Overdone, this kind of dense description becomes bombast if not logorrhea. Honestly, I think It would have been a wonderful novel at one third the length.
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