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Brewster

by Mark Slouka

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This is a beautifully written book. Every sentence flowed effortlessly into the next and the character development was superb. Simply a fantastic read. Loved it. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
A spare and melancholy reflection of the lives of two high school friends during the 1960s. ( )
  lillibrary | Jan 23, 2016 |
An excellent portrayal of adolescent boys coming to grips with their impossible families through their friendship against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and the late '60's. ( )
  snash | Jun 17, 2015 |
Incredible writing. Powerful story. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Apr 18, 2015 |
Jon Mosher is sixteen in 1968, living in a household rendered silent and loveless by the childhood death of his older brother. He's learning to run track, and yearning to escape the town he's growing up in. He's a good friend, but he doesn't have many, and the one he does have, has more problems than a household that forgot to stop grieving. When Jon meets Ray Cappiciano, he knows they don't have a whole lot in common other than a keen desire to escape a no account town. Wandering the streets of Brewster, fixing up the car they dream will deliver them from their town and their problems, and listening to music in Jon's room where Ray takes refuge from his unpredictable, abusive father, the two forge a bond that is stronger than even they imagine.

Brewster is a book that struck me as unique with its quiet intensity. It's not action-filled, and what foreshadowing there is, is hardly overbearing, rather the whole story, even during the good times, leaves a sense of some big bad about to happen. Slouka's writing is powerful even when restrained, making would-be ordinary moments fraught with emotion and tension. He renders the friendship between the two boys well on the road to becoming men in a way that is startling in its realism, leaving plenty unsaid but just as much understood. All the time, though, Slouka's holding just enough back that when the story's climax comes, and he unleashes the full power of his writing prowess on the plot that's been slowly building, it's enough to wrench your heart out of your chest and leave you raw with emotion. ( )
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Awake, arise or be for ever fall'n. - Milton
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To my father, Zdenek Slouka, who was a runner once,
and who finished his race the day after I finished this book.
I didn't believe a heart so big could ever stop.

The baton has passed, Dad.
May I run my time half as well.
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The first time I saw him fight was right in front of the school, winter.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393239756, Hardcover)

A powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town.

The year is 1968, a year after the summer of love and the peak of the Vietnam War. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother’s childhood death, Jon turns his rage into victories running track. When he meets Ray Cappicciano, a local legend in the making, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, he recognizes a friendship with the potential to save him. Realizing that Ray needs saving too, Jon sets off on the race of his life—a race to redeem his past and save them both. Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is sure to remind readers of Andre Dubus III and Richard Russo.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:16 -0400)

Still reeling from the death of his older brother, a sixteen-year-old track star befriends a street-fighting rebel and together they search for redemption amidst the social changes of 1968.

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