Son of a Madman
Families, for better or worse, we all have them. The timelines of our lives intersect, though they strike each other at unique and differing points. These collisions create a special type of cultural existential dilemma: that which develops out of an odd splay of differing generational values, knowledge, and personal experiences.
This novel focuses on the play of discord and transference that occurs across different generations of the same family. Generally speaking, it is story is about a family that routinely pushes itself apart and how in the wake of an unexpected tragedy finds equally unexpected ways to come closer together—for the most part. While telling the powerful tale of overcoming madness, malaise, and domestic abuse, it also creates a beacon of hope through the process of self-discovery aided by social and romantic development.
Something that I admired about this book has to be the characters, I really cared about them and their stories. This is something SO important for me when reading fiction. It made it so readable despite the heavier themes of existentialism. The importance of family is highlighted and the way we should communicate with eachother. I found it pretty wholesome at times and loved the way they supported one another.
- Kody Mahoney @girliesreadbooks