Thursday, June 10, 2010

Liam's Going, A Book Review...

Liam Williams is heading to college, and eagerly anticipates his independence. But for Cathleen, his mother, and Noah, his father, Liam's going is anything but easy. Both project their lost dreams of youth onto their only child, and when Cathleen leaves Noah alone upstate to drive Liam down through New York's Hudson Valley to his school, their separation becomes a moving story of learning how to come to grips with losing without letting go.
There is a depth to Liam's Going, an intensity if you will, that will draw you in. Michael Joyce so seamlessly moves from the present to the past without skipping a beat. The poetic style of his writing is beautiful and at the same time intriguing. Joyce takes a common family occurrence, one many readers can relate to, and throws in enough variables to keep the story fresh and in turn keeps the reader interested in the outcome of all the characters involved. Liam's Going is a novel I would consider to be an intellectual gem.
Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of Liam's Going for review purposes. We were in no other way compensated. All opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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