“I was hooked and already thinking ahead to where the story might be leading” in Well With My Soul

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book review.

This novel is told from two very different perspectives – the point-of-view of two brothers; one straight and one gay. Author Gregory G. Allen, who is gay, does an incredible job of telling the stories independently, chapter by chapter, as the years of life go by.

 

The brothers have little if any interaction with each other for many, many months at a time. On a certain “sibling rivalry” level, they do interact – in their own minds – with each other. They tell stories they remember from growing up and then move on. The blood connection between them is always left slightly frayed but not severed completely. Throughout the book you are reminded of how some very small occurrences at an early age can shape decisions and choices for the rest of ones life. It is about the powerful pull of family and friends the connections that last in a family.

We all remember how the words, the events, the tragedies have shaped our lives. In “Well with my soul” the two brothers had completely different personalities and outside interests but they were both affected by the other sibling’s goings-on in ways that can take a lifetime to fully understand – or just are never understood.

Things said by mom at the dinner table as a teenager may not seem like much. But later on in life, they may bring new meanings and a better understanding of the bigger picture that was so hard to focus on then.

The insights to both worlds, gay and straight, as well as the religious and soulful aspects of existence versus the secular world’s ideas of what is real success is a subliminal message throughout. The messages are many times contradictory – as they always are.

“Well with my soul” is a well crafted novel done just right. Early in the book I was hooked and already thinking ahead to where the story might be leading. I was mostly wrong by the way. This New Jersey author and playwright knows all about excellent storytelling. This is a novel well worth your time.

ISBN 978-0-9836049-0-7

ASD Publishing, $14.95

book review.

This novel is told from two very different perspectives – the point-of-view of two brothers; one straight and one gay. Author Gregory G. Allen, who is gay, does an incredible job of telling the stories independently, chapter by chapter, as the years of life go by.