Rising From The Ashes
by Michael LaRocca
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0000000000
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
The statement on the inside cover says this is a work of fiction, but as a reader I find that hard to accept. This book has the ring of truth about it as it recounts the miseries of childhood as lived by two brothers. Rising From The Ashes reveals in all its awful starkness the poverty and familial instability as seen through the eyes of a boy.
Rising From the Ashes is not an easy read as it pulls at the reader, daring you to care about a boy who has managed to reach manhood, but will carry the scars of his youth forever. It dares you to step into the shoes of a youth to live his life and come through unscathed. It asks if you could survive the tragedies he endured. This book also teaches to those who would learn, the sins of the parents will affect and haunt their children.
The very talented author shows what live was like in North Carolina in the 1960s as he details in vivid description the schools and homes in the small cities where the LaRocca family moved as their circumstances changed. He shows us with a child's frank honesty the pain and sorrow he felt when the men in his mother's life beat on her or his stoic acceptance of the osmetimes unpleasant things she had to do so they could survive.
Yet, there is deep and abiding love in this story. It leavens the hardness of their lives and rubs the rough edges off the coarseness of their surroundings. If you are someone who enjoys a challenge, a tale with a strong message, a well-crafted story by a talented writer, then this is a book for you. I highly recommend Rising From The Ashes as a book you won't soon forget.