Saturday, April 13, 2013

Review - Traveler's Rest by Jonathan Marcantoni

From the political turmoil of 1920s Puerto Rico, to the aftermath of a devastating hurricane in 2005, Traveler's Rest provides a kaleidoscopic look at a family that has lost its identity and torn itself apart. The ghosts of the past and the horrors of the present follow Tony, a recovering heroin addict, as he seeks to reclaim his family's legacy and set his own path in an increasingly chaotic world.

4 stars

Traveler's Rest by Jonathan Marcantoni seems to have originally started out as a collection of short stories and somewhat still has that feel. As the book begins Tony is down on his luck and fully addicted to heroin. The story progresses with Tony getting clean and a friend wanting to take him on a trip across the country to discover themselves. Then there is a jump to a old man talking to waitress in a diner in Cuba, then there is a look at a man trying to survive the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans. All of the disparate elements start to come together as the book progresses, but I'll admit to being a bit confused right off the bat.

This book is written primarily from the view point of the downtrodden. The journey that all of these people take shows that there are options available. There are some scenes depicting powerful emotions and that even when people are at their worst some will still do the right thing, even at a high cost to themselves. Even when all hope seems lost it can be found in the strength of good people.

Pick up a copy of the book on Amazon.

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