Saturday, April 20, 2013

"The Dropper," by Ron McLarty

This poignant story is loaded with wonderful, memorable characters. In the words of one reviewer, "[The character] Bobby makes the story shine. He has a learning difficulty and slight disability, he's full of wonderful character and eagerness to be there for his loved ones."

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The Dropper, by Ron McLarty

This book grabs you by the shirt and doesn't let go until you finish. As with all McLarty's novels, this one is simply told but profoundly resonant. The heartbreaking story of two brothers brutalized by an alcoholic father in England during the 1920's. 'Shoe' Horn is a deeply compelling character coming of age as a plumber's apprentice while watching out for his younger brother, Bobby, who has the mind of a child. This book offers a unique portrait of the love story between these two brothers and you will never forget 'Shoe', Bobby, or their friend, the McAvey who is a giant. Their journey together will engage and move you like few other stories. -- Amazon reviewer

Some say it's Death, Some say it's darkness, I say it's a game of light...

Gutsy 17-year-old Albert "Shoe" Horn is an apprentice plumber and part-time boxer in England in 1922, but when his mother dies, he finds himself responsible for an abusive, alcoholic father and a younger brother with special needs.

This marvelous novel follows the indomitable Shoe's day-to-day survival with poetic grit, cynical genius, respect, and deep affection as he navigates a world full of very real characters: the gentle giant McAvy, his slave-driving boss, the Irish louts that resurrect his temper, the tempting ladies who seek him out, his hilarious plumbing clients, and the formidable “Dropper,” who Shoe fears will take away the most true thing in his life, his brother.

Find out for yourself why Stephen King proclaimed "The Dropper avoids sentimentality, but not sentiment; Shoe and his brother Bobby live and breathe."

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