Monday, September 7, 2009

Shakespeare Ashes: A Novel

Chris DeBrie
Infinity Publishing (2009)
ISBN 9780741454492
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (8/09)

Chris DeBrie has written a highly-entertaining, fast-paced book for readers. We follow the lives of four individuals through trials and tribulations of finding the right love; addressing gender issues and the all-encompassing racial issues.
 
The book is somewhat like letters and conversations exchanged between friends. With the elaborate descriptions of the characters readers will feel they know each one individually. The language is completely today's language that you would hear anyone speak.  In his writing he starts each sentence with small letters instead of the usual capital letters, which I found intriguing. I might even compare this to a journal one would write.
 
Readers will find themselves rooting for each of the characters and disliking other minor characters in the book.  From the very first page readers will be captivated by the writing style and language.  This book is everything we experience in our daily lives, right down to the elderly lady with an open umbrella and cane trying to maneuver getting on public transportation.
 
The author has written two other books, neither of which I have had the pleasure of reading. If they are anything like "Shakespeare Ashes"- they are a must read for all.

Listen to interview with Chris DeBrie on Inside Scoop Live