Top positive review
Sixpence but richer
14 August 2019
This is a very well written novel, inspired by (rather than baed on) true events; but I think that's good, because it does give the author flexibility. Characterization is deliciously observed, dialogue is sharp. And in particular, I was blown away by the sense of place, the author created, there's a hospital scene where Elwood convalesces after a beating and it's so well written I can almost smell the wafting of the miserly Doctor's tobacco.
4 stars, only because the abuse in a boy's reform school is a well trodden path. So not an original novel. sometimes I felt a little detached because it's written in the third person, maybe I wanted the visceral nature of a first person narrative. And finally, was there a political undertone. In part one I was feeling a little lectured on civil rights.