What would you do to escape life living in a marriage that has now turned sour with your wife very different from what she was in the years before? The protagonist, Francis turns to books. Books have been his refuge since a long time now, ever since he lost his mother in an accident as a young boy.
`The Avenue' explores life in the suburbs and does so very well. Francis is a middle aged librarian whose marriage is down in the dumps. While trying to escape the pressure of it all, he drowns himself in books and also befriends the children of the avenue. His friendship with a boy named Freddy is his most cherished.
James Lawless has done a good job of taking the readers through the story with his own unique style that is pleasant to read and still interesting all at the same time. I found the parts on life in suburbs some of the most interesting in the book. It has an element of truth in it and manages to keep the reader turning the pages.
As the story unfolds, Francis learns many things about life in the avenue, the many secrets of the suburbs and a few secrets of his own life! It could be about his wife, his family, his little friend Freddy, or even about his own past! I do not want to spoil it for you, so pick it up yourself and read this book, which I think is one of the best ones I have read in quite some time.