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The Dogs…Barking by Jan Notzon

 

Growing up on the Mexican border, Jason struggles from his earliest years with a hard, and often painful existence. His whole life he suffers from an incurable longing -some intangible pain and empty loneliness that keeps him on the outside looking in at a world of happiness that he can see, but never seem to achieve. The one thing he wants most out of life- acceptance and approval from his siblings- he knows he will never receive, as he suffers abuse from their hands, as well as the hands of Brother Demian, an instructor at the Catholic school Jason attends.

As the years go by, Jason struggles to make sense of his life. He travels to New York to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor, leaving behind the girl of his dreams in the hopes that one day he will return successful and worthy of her love. But he soon realizes the world is a hostile place, and the dogs of his past have returned to haunt him yet again- and Jason wonders if he will ever find the sense of belonging that he so desperately craves.

This book was very uncomfortable for me to read, as it picked a lot of emotional scabs. Apparently Jason and I carry a lot of the same baggage. If only there had been some sort of resolution to the story- I think this would have been one of the better books I’ve read in quite a while. Typically I have a hard time with books that explore the darker side of life, and the pain and abuse that people often receive. However, sometimes these types of stories can be cleansing, offering up a redeeming ending that reassures us that all is not lost, that we can still trust in the world and believe that life can be beautiful. Honestly, those are the types of books that stay with me the longest (Tiny Sun Birds, Far Away is an excellent example), and have the most meaning- because they are so real and relevant. Unfortunately this is not such a book. Continue reading “The Dogs…Barking by Jan Notzon”

Update/Announcement (please read)

This is just a quick notice to inform everyone that Epic Book Quest will be effectively shut down for about a month or so. I’m currently in the process of moving (yay!) and won’t be accepting any new books for review until further notice.

This also means there is a temporary hold on all of our book reviews. If you have already sent us a book for review, I apologize for the delay. I will be trying to get books reviewed ASAP, but obviously, with the move, won’t be able to get to everyone as quickly as I’d like.

There will still be some reviews posted here or there throughout the coming weeks as I can get to them.

If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, please contact me via email at the address listed on our Submission Guidelines page, and I’ll try my best to work with you to find a resolution to the problem.

Thank you for your understanding!

-Johanna

October Giveaway Winner Announced!

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Congratulations to our October giveaway winner:

John M. of Philadelphia, PA!

You will be receiving a signed copy of The Glory Of Heaven by Betty Malz in the mail shortly!

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Didn’t win? Don’t worry, I’ll be posting another giveaway soon-

so keep checking back!