The good always die young. Ten-year-old Roy Brown hears this after his sixteen-year-old brother Billy, the Eagle’s star basketball player, is killed in a wreck before the annual rival game against the Tigers. Alone in the kitchen before dawn the morning of Billy’s funeral, Roy remembers that day.
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My life’s unedited,
A symphony uncomposed;
Word without pages,
Chords missing notes.
Weak character development,
Rambling unresolved plots;
Predictable stagnant clichés,
Riddled with flaws.
Shrill mute cries;
A caterwauling harmony,
A rough draft
Nobody must read,
An original masterpiece
Written by me.
——-John Northcutt Young
Sometimes it seems like all life is is sayings, one worn-out cliché after another.
Momma always said, ‘God takes care of fools and drunks.’ Guess we all have our soft spots.
“We’re all going to die of something someday anyway.”
Got to pretend to be nice. Dang this Southern blood! For once why can’t I be cold-blooded like Yankees or reptiles?
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Appearances won’t get you into Heaven.
I don’t care if the streets of Heaven are gold or not as long as they’re clean and I don’t have to sweep them.
Most preachers tend to forget they’re dust like the rest of us.
Some folks shouldn’t ever leave home.
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Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it. But after choking on Communion, she begins to doubt. Will her faith crumble because of a family secret?
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IN MEMORY OF is my version of this cruel custom. It’s the story of an unmarked grave outside the cemetery fence closer to Mobile than Montgomery, wedged between woods and water, in a place nobody goes. According to folklore, Thomas John Sutton, 14, is buried under.
Thomas loves Esther, but she isn’t accepted in Canaan because of her bastard birth. After discovering the secret of his birth, Thomas fears he’ll be treated the same. It’s another example of two teenagers struggling against an unforgiving society in 1933 Alabama.
She explains, “A Second Blessing is more than just doing right. It’s the knowledge that you are pure. It’s not thinking of yourself better than others, though you are, or showing it, though you do, since it’s as natural as breathing. A Second Blessing is a gift shared with prophets of old and yet to come. It’s not just having my name written in the Book of Life, but engraved.”
Mildred knows this year’s revival will be a disaster. Francis Paul Day, an ex-junkie, is the speaker. Plus he has the same christened name as her dead beloved son! And he’s obsessed with her granddaughter! She is determined to keep them apart, but exposing him reveals a family secret.
Jonathan Swift said, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Second Blessing ponders this truth.
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The good always die young.
Ten-year-old Roy Brown hears this after his sixteen-year-old brother Billy, the Eagle’s star basketball player, is killed in a wreck before the annual rival game against the Tigers.
Alone in the kitchen before dawn the morning of Billy’s funeral, Roy remembers that day.
I loved his first book, even pre-ordered before publication based on a description and a comparison to a favorite author.
Was not disappointed. Amazed at the dialogue and description. You could see the words come alive in your mind. Donated my copy to the local library because the book was that important and I wanted people to read it.
The book was a critical and commercial success. I was overjoyed for the writer. I’m sure the book will live on after he is gone.
When the second book came out, I read the description and decided to wait to buy and to read. Recently purchased and finished, nearly a year after publication.
I was disappointed because the story didn’t come alive for me like the first. The description that gave me chills was gone. There was also the publisher’s hype—the author’s name above the title, telling me how good was before I could make a decision (two things that make me cringe).
But it got me thinking—is it right to compare an author’s books to each other? A writer, like any artist, should have the freedom to grow. Are books like children in the order of appearance, the second one living in the shadows of the first? The publication date and the written date are usually two different times; only by reading do we know which is the more mature.
I’m not giving up on this author. I will continue to read his work and search for that shine.