Saturday, February 11, 2012

DoxologyDoxology by Brian Holers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book blurb:
After a lifetime of abuse and loss--from fights with other boys staged for his father's entertainment, to the death of his only son-- sixty one year old Vernon Davidson is angry. He's ready to get back at God, his paper mill coworkers, and everyone else in his north Louisiana town.

Constantly drunk to numb his pain, the normally cautious Vernon spirals into recklessness; drinking on the job, facing down a younger man at work over a parking spot, scandalizing his former fellow Baptists with displays of his nakedness. Meanwhile Jody Davidson, Vernon's estranged nephew, struggles to survive a similarly tragic past by self-imposed exile, inserting himself into a new, seemingly different family a thousand miles away. The two men are reunited when Vernon agrees to retrieve Jody for his dying brother so they can say goodbye-and that's when they each embark on a journey that will ultimately change their lives.


My review:
A doxology is a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God. Although Brian Holers is a Christian writer and there are Christian themes in this book, this is not specifically a Christian novel. 

Instead it is a novel of men. Fathers, sons, grandfathers, uncles and the ties that bind them all. Vernon and his brothers suffered a childhood of abuse and now he is still struggling to deal with the loss of his son which occurred years ago by numbing his pain with alcohol. Jody's father is dying and he must come home to deal with a past he's run away from. How these two men learn to cope and find a way to move on is the theme of this very touching, albeit sometimes dark, novel of love, loss, faith and the ties that bind us all.

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  • About the book:  Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss, and the healing power of community and family. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 

    About the author:  An arborist by day and a novelist in every moment he can steal, Brian makes up stories from the treetops. Visit Brian on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads. 

    4 comments:

    1. Ms. Shepherd, this is so nice and such a nice review, I am glad you enjoyed the book and thank you so much for posting and for your interest!

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    2. I'm glad you enjoyed my review Brian. I enjoyed your book. ;)

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    3. Great review, AB! I love the line, "the ties that bind us all." Maybe Brian can use that in some ad copy? ;-) Thank you for cross-posting to Amazon and GoodReads as well.

      And thanks for being a part of this tour,
      Emlyn

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    4. Emlyn, I'd be honored if Brian used that line in some ad copy. Of course I'd love it to be attributed back to me too. ;) And you are welcome!

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