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Touch and Go by Thad Nodine
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 18 to 28, 2012

Nodine's debut novel is about a thrown-together family of a blind ex-junkie, the married couple he met in rehab, and the couple's two foster children on a road trip from California to Florida to visit a dying father. I ended up liking this one way more than I thought I would, mostly due to the unique narration by the blind character, Kevin. Having all the other characters, flashbacks and continuing action described only through sound, touch, and smell sounds a little gimmicky, but is really effective. The climactic scene during Katrina in Biloxi is harrowing and I think more disturbing than if it had been told by a sighted character. There are a few awkward turns, but overall this is an energetic and worthwhile read.

[I got my copy free through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.]

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