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The Lion's Den by Anthony Marra
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"Honesty comes in an infinite variety, none crueler than a teenager's tedium."

This story of a father-son relationship. A boy who's father took an action that put his whole family's life in jeopardy and forever changed the rest of his teenage son's life. A father who is both famous and infamous. Who's both revered and reviled. A family who didn't make the choice but was thrust into the consequences.

"I'd forgotten conversations with Jimmy Massaro are spectator sports. He has an uncanny ability to speak to himself even while looking you in the eye."

This is a story about this boy coming back to be with his dad as he dies. The story of what it means to forgive, to turn one's life into a story, to have your whole identity wrapped up in something that was never even your choice. The consequences of ego. Does time heal wounds? So many questions in such a short story.

"The good news is that adolescence is a disorder whose physical effects are invariably treated by time. Emotionally and psychologically, it is, for some, incurable."

This is one of the five books in Amazon's Inheritance series. "A collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones."

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Thank you to netgalley and amazon for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

November 2, 2019 – Started Reading
November 2, 2019 – Shelved
November 2, 2019 – Finished Reading

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