"Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits
together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the
storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books." ----The San
Francisco Book Review----
"In an American coming-of-age novel,
the author presents a stunning story with clarity and historical
accuracy..." ---- Publisher's Weekly----"Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird!
" ----Kindle Nation----
IF YOU WANTED TO DESTROY SOMETHING, WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SAVE IT TOO?
storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten back country of Kentucky.
And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power
to tear open his family's darkest secrets. Nine-year-old Orbie already
has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother
Ruby has off and married his father's co-worker and friend Victor, a
slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. And, when Orbie crosses paths
with the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of a power
that could expose and defeat his enemies, but can't be used for revenge.
When a storm of unusual magnitude descends Orbie stumbles on a solution
to the paradox, one both magical and ordinary. Question is, will it be
Violence & Magical Realism
Events are rendered from Orbie's vividly fragmented point of view. His growth in understanding
and courage - as he confronts first hand the realities of civil rights
violations, domestic and child sexual abuse, religious violence and even
murder - can be felt throughout the book.
A feeling of
otherworldliness permeates the story, and its symbolism is omnipresent
and beautifully handled. Realism becomes magical, as nothing is ever
precisely what it seems.
Sex Addiction & Abandonment
Orbie's mother, a susceptible
woman, quickly remarries, leaving Orbie and his younger sister at the
mercy of Victor, who resolves to leave him at his sharecropping
grandparent's place, a dirt farm in Kentucky, while the family sets off
With no end to his stay in sight, Orbie settles into
routines all but unthinkable weeks before. He forms a strong bond with
Willis, the stunningly talented, physically disabled black boy and
protege to the uncanny shaman, Moses Mashbone.
Inevitably, he finds himself drawn into
Moses' teachings. As he begins to tap his own mysterious powers, his
mother and stepfather return, throwing his world back into chaos. Can he
discover the truth about his father's death in time to protect all he
holds dear? And can he do it without being damaged by his own hatred and
Historical Fiction / Equal Parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn...
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