There are often novels that are based on families. William Graney’s Mountaintop USA leaves the same pleasure as reading a family book. A small town where there are many characters, all of whom are intertwined by their activities and lifestyles.
William deserves credit for carefully building up each character and justifying them. With different profession, relationship troubles and the introduction of teenage love Mountaintop is packed with all the ingredients that make a great read.
As the story begins we are introduced to the residents of the town. We meet Robbie, the donut make, Nathan troubled with his existence, Tatiana, the Russian player, and Michelle the teen daughter of Jeff and Faye.
As the story unfolds we learn that a comet called Terrapin is supposed to pass by earth and the best place to watch it is Mountaintop. The quirky personalities of the town gather with their telescopes to witness it. The commencing of the comet is the inauguration of an event that simply triggers the changes and revelations.
There are parts of the story that would engage a reader to the core. I enjoyed the sweet and subtle romance encounters of Michelle and Robbie, on the contrary, we were also presented with the marital issues of Jeff and Faye. It makes a reader wonder how love can have so many different forms, so simple at a younger age but complicated at a later.
There was more than one protagonist in the novel. Nathan was an interesting addition in the crowd. His unusual experiences, questions about sexuality, about god often intrigued the reader. His conversations with father timothy are engaging and highlights a few unusual topics that even makes the reader pensive.
I liked the way William has given a different personality to each character. Not one is alike, yet they are all intermingled in the story. The diverse directions of the story make it unique. I felt it was initially a little hard to keep track of the storylines, but soon enough I got the grasp of it and from then onward it was more than engaging.
The story explored several sections of the society. Glimpses of high school often made me nostalgic of my teenage years, and I could easily connect to it. The getting high for entertainment, high school rivalry, and teenage crushes was more like fresh air amidst the serious troubles in the lives of others.
A wide diversity of characters can be found in the book. William has successfully utilized all the different colors of the palate to create a magnificent picture. A picture that reflects personalities and brings out truths and facts that change perspective. The essence of the book leaves a reader engrossed long after coming to the end of it, and there lies the flavor of it.