Showing Gratitude: Boy's Life
It's time for Thanksgiving, y'all. I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. And it's only, like, ninety-three percent about the food. So, what better way to celebrate than by talking about books that have impacted my life, books that came along at just the right time. Books that, ultimately, I'm thankful for.
Boy's Life, Robert McCammon.
I'm about to get a little personal with this one. When I was twenty-three, a friend of mine died in a car accident. Being in my early twenties, I had not experienced that before. I was still under the impression I and everyone around me was indestructible. I was wrong. At the time, I was working retail and it was the holiday season. I was a broke college student and I didn't have the luxury of taking even a day off from work. So, I went to work. By then, word had spread and a coworker was questioning me, pretty aggressively, about what happened. Another coworker stepped in. He also told me he'd cover my shift, gifted me a copy of Boy's Life, and sent me home to read. So, that's what I did.
I love this book so much. It could be in part because of how I received this book, but that doesn't matter. It's a wonderful book. I am a sucker for a good coming of age story, throw in a southern setting, deceit and lies, a murder mystery and some magical realism thrown in for good measure. This book is perfect. Perfect.
Boy's Life is set in the 1960s in Alabama. Cory Mackeson is a fourteen-year-old boy who wants to be a writer. So, he, like most kids who grow up to be writers, artists, or other creative types, has an over active imagination. He and his father inadvertently witnessed the disposal of a body and are haunted by the experience. Like any curious child, he does a little amateur sleuthing of his own. Then is gets crazy. Old Moses, an elderly woman called the Lady, Cory gets kidnapped, there's a green parrot and a dead boy talking to a dog. Boy's Life is pure magic and a beautiful story. So, read it.
Sometimes, books come along at the right time. Or they're given to you by a person who came along at the right time. Either way, pay attention when it happens, you might just need them.
What are some books that have made an impact on your life? I'd love to read them.