The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson was getting these massive write-up's and nods of awesomeness for a first time author.
Costco had it for $14.95 which I couldn't say no to.
The first 50 pages of this book are hard to read. Not because they are badly written but because of the focus of the first part of the story.
The main character is in a car accident, is trapped in his burning car, and suffers severe burns. The author goes into great detail the accident and then the initial medical care. Trust me, it's hard to get through.
At least it was for me. See, I've been there. Not the trapped in the car, or the cooked alive part. But the 3rd degree burn part. The skin graft part. And maybe, having to read it, was a little too close to home for me. But on the other hand, it made several of the things I went through make more sense. I never read up on burn treatment because I really didn't want to know any more about what happened to me. But this book sort of forced the issue. And so, now, many years later I understand a lot of the things I went through.
Thankfully, I was not burned the same way, or any where near the extent this poor character was. He's burned on like 90% of his body. Where as I just had the lower half of one leg suffer 3rd degree burns.
Anywhoodle, the book is excellent. He deserves the attention he is getting. I found myself caring about all of the main characters. And LOVING the stories that are woven throughout this book.
I had no expectations for this book. Other than curiosity. I almost gave up in the first 50 because it was so hard to stomach. But then, suddenly, we turned a corner and from then on it was sweet sweet literary music to my mind.
Last year I found a way to turn my ugly burn memory into a beautiful symbol of rebirth and survival.
This story, in and of itself is a beautiful story about life, pain, loss and love. And finding a way to be okay with who we are.
The last sentence in the book, when I reached it, was bittersweet. I didn't want the story to end. I wanted to stay with the characters a little while longer.
I still am not ready to let go.
I LOVE when books have that effect on you.