Four Years is a long time to be lost...
Tom Ryan -- firstborn of five children in a large,
Irish Catholic family, smart and acerbic, a cheat and a bully -- calls himself
the future king of the Ryans. There are other opinions. His mother calls him a
holy terror. Mrs. Ioli calls the police on him. His father says that had Trouble
been a saint, that would have been Tom's middle name. But his parents,
neighbors, peers, and siblings all must bow down before him or suffer the
consequences. Just ask the Christmas turkey leftovers he buried in the side
Reviews from Amazon.com
5-stars Well Written
By turns funny, sad and poignant, Four Years from Home takes the reader on a journey - externally and internally - as its flawed narrator seeks to solve a mystery. The novel is well written, entertaining and thought provoking.here's something to be said about what 'was'.
5-stars Exploration of moral issues and themes
Things are rarely what they appear to be, sacrifice is noble, and the mind a fragile companion. Four Years from Home presents these themes in a darkly humorous fashion as it leads us down the path of tragedy.
5-stars Poignant, Funny, Mesmerizing
You could call this book a humorous look at the familial bonds between a self-described bully and his siblings. You could call it a wrenching tale of loss and discovery. You could call it a story of twists and turns that both entrances and shocks.
You'd be right on all counts.
The author seems purposed to not only share the story of bully/brother Tom Ryan, but to put us in Tom's head as his world is turned upside down, and as his grasp of it is peeled away bit by bit. We don't just follow Tom's journey--we inhabit it as he seeks out answers to his brother Harry's death while away at college. What we get from this masterfully told tale is always touching, frequently worthy of chuckles born of our own memories of childhood, and also impossible to anticipate. I did not see coming what transpired.
Highly, highly recommended. You will be hooked from the first paragraph of this tale that should be treasured.
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