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You Can See More From Up Here

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In 2004, when middle-aged Walker Maguire is called to the deathbed of his estranged father, his thoughts return to 1974. He'd worked that summer at the auto factory where his dad, an unhappily retired Air Force colonel, was employed as plant physician. Witness to a bloody fight falsely blamed on a Mexican immigrant, Walker kept quiet, fearing his white co-workers and tyran ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Golden Antelope Press
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Holly Fling
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As Mark Guerin shows in YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE (Golden Antelope Press, 2019), our past—the secrets we keep, the lies we tell, the hurtful words that escape our mouths during moments of anger, and our social behavior—has the power to haunt us in the present, even when the present takes place decades later. This effect can especially affect our relationships with family and friends. Indeed, Guerin seamlessly weaves past (most of which takes place during the summer of 1974) and present (2004 ...more
Geoffrey Craig
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mark Guerin's "You Can See More From Up Here" is a first-rate work, especially for a debut novel. The novel is absorbing and engaging. The critical elements of the story are skillfuly revealed as the suspense is ratcheted up. You want to find out what happened and will happen to characters with whom you have established a tight bond. All the characters are superbly drawn. The writing is excellent with many creative and visually clear metaphors and similes. The themes and issues resonate in today ...more
Lily
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as dnf
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***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!***

I'm very very sorry. I tried as hard as I could to get through this book, but every day that I was going to sit down and read it, I just started absolutely dreading it. The pace was incredibly slow and it felt like the story was going nowhere.

I genuinely think that this book would be great for some people, (people who like character studies or more slowly paced books) but unfortunately, it wa
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Belle Brett
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Memories of the summer of 1974, when Walker McGuire was 19, still haunt him into middle age as he visits his elderly father now in a coma after a car accident. He’s looking for answers. That summer, his father, who had once enjoyed a prestigious medical military career, is now the company doctor for a car company in Belford, IL, and Walker is working the line at his father’s insistence. As the only witness, Walker becomes embroiled in the aftermath of a serious physical encounter between Norm, h ...more
Julie
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mark Guerin’s debut novel, YOU CAN SEE MORE FROM UP HERE, is a coming-of-age story dealing with themes of immigration, racism, socioeconomic disparity, and more. For the most part, the entire plot revolves around Walker Maguire’s summer when working at the car factory where his father also works as the plant physician. While at the factory, Walker witnesses an event between two employees that places him in an ethical dilemma, which comes to alter his perception of his father and impacts the cour ...more
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