Best novel I’ve read in quite a while. And a debut novel at that.
Jay Treiber is a rare individual: a college English literature professor who can also write it, and write it well.
College English professor Kevin McNally has been struggling for decades with his guilt over an incident that happened when he was a teenager. This is the kind of subject that could lead the author and reader down a rat hole of angst, self-loathing, and neurotic navel-gazing but Treiber avoids this trap. Instead, he chooses to have McNally seek resolution of that guilt, and forgiveness for what happened, through a skillfully interwoven series of story lines that mix McNally’s present and past.
By itself, that’s not unusual, but the story’s location and characters are...Read More