Volume 21 Number 3

"The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels…. These things are your becoming.”

Cheryl Strayed
April – June 2018

Hooked On Books

Editor's Note:

1.Do you have a favorite author to recommend?

2. Do you have a favorite book that everyone should read?

Writer Advice welcomes reviews of recently published books. Be balanced, be fair, and pick a book you want to honor. Let your voice come through. Submit your reviews of approximately 250 words to Lgood67334@comcast.net. Unless there is a byline, the reviews in this issue are written by B. Lynn Goodwin.

 

 

 

 

  

ODD CHILD OUT
Written by Gilly Macmillan and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN #:  978-0062697837
William Morrow

Complex Manipulation

The teenage years get harder with each passing generation. In her latest novel Macmillan cuts to universal truths affecting two teenage boys and their families. Who is right? Maybe everyone. Maybe no one. Subtle meets unspeakable in Gilly Macmillan’s nuanced thriller Odd Child Out.

When Noah Sadler is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, his best friend Abdi Mahad can't--or won't--tell anyone what happened. Noah is British and often misses school because he has a terminal illness. Abdi is a Somali refugee, whose family waited for years before getting to Great Britain. As if that weren’t enough, social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol, where both reside with their families, but social tensions rarely affect two young boys,  unless you count peer pressure.

Abdi struggles to remember his time in the Somali camps. Noah’s father documented the camps as a social and political phenomenon, but he barely knew the people he photographed there.

Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth.  Neither of them know what demons they will have to face to get to the truth.

Told in four viewpoints, Odd Child Out gives us a complex look at manipulation and the costs of seeing only your own needs. By the time you finish the book, you’ll be asking yourself who is really the odd child and outcast in this stirring story about friendship and misunderstanding.

Author Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she's worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time.

 

BEFORE I LET YOU GO
Written by Kelly Rimmer and Reviewed by B. Lynn Goodwin
ISBN #: 978-1525820847
Graydon House

Trying to Fix the Unfixable