I’m a huge yet reserved fan of Brian Francis Slattery, author of SPACEMAN BLUES, LIBERATION and LOST EVERYTHING. I say huge because his novels have intriguing themes and the language and imagery is incredibly rich and dense to the point of imaginary assault. I love the guy. His books are beautiful.
I say reserved, though, because not much happens, there’s not a lot of action or even conflict, and so much happens either in the scenery or internally to the character it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on.
Brian Francis Slattery is a writer’s writer. I’ll read anything he writes, but he’s an acquired taste.
In his latest, LOST EVERYTHING, a man takes a journey up the Susquehanna River intent on reuniting with his son while America is consumed by a civil war in a world slowly returning to nature because of dramatic climate change produced by global warming.
You’d think with a backdrop like that the book would be mind blowing. And the backdrop is mind blowing. At times it’s a lot of fun. But the motivations and actions of the characters appear so remote it was hard for me to become invested in them, so again that vital part was missing.
If you enjoyed ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead, you’ll love this.