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Epiphany Jones by Michael  Grothaus
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May 02, 2016

it was amazing

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an unbiased review.

I read many books on varied subject areas but I hesitated at starting this one due to the subject matter explored, namely sex trafficking. For the record, I have investigated crimes against children and didn't know how I'd feel about the subject being written into a novel.

Where do I begin? This book is incredible. Grothaus managed to hit every emotion in me that, as a reader and writer, left me in awe. This book not only explores love, life and loss but manages that in a a diverse subject area that includes mental health, sex trafficking of children, rape and murder. They are subject areas that are often left well alone unless in a police procedural or a book based on research. Grothaus somehow manages to weave these important areas into a novel that educates as well as makes you laugh. Yes you read that correctly, it makes you laugh. This is NOT a comedy book. That must be made clear. Some of the writing is graphic but it is not gratuitous it is there for a reason. Grothaus is NOT mocking or belittling these serious topics in our society. He has managed to create a work of beauty out of depravity. The narrator has issues and these are explored in a sensitive way. In every human there is a history. As a society we can be too quick to judge and hold court without all the facts. If you love Chuck Palahniuk you will love this. I don't, as rule, like comparing writers but it gives you an idea of style before you commit to reading it.

This is a debut that will be debated and talked about for years to come and for me it is outstanding and deserves every accolade it can get.
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