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A Garden of Sand by Earl Thompson
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Apr 07, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 1993

I was very surprised at how this book was able to make me sincerely care about the main characters despite their often times horrible natures. The atmosphere is oppressive and at every turn, I could feel the harshness of the world and the complex and difficult choices each had to make. While one moment I hated the mother, the next I felt extremely compassionate towards her. The main character, the son is also one of those characters that will make you hate and sympathize with him. There are parts of this novel that are very graphic and not for the more sensitive reader or those that have difficulty with strong/violent sexual scenes. It is certainly one of those novels that stick with you, something akin to Sofie's Choice. Worth the read for sure, but be ready for some concepts that might shock you.
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