- Title: The Palisades
- Author: Tom Schabarum
- ISBN: 9780615347899
- Page: 159
- Format: Paperback
The Palisades revolves around family, the search for sustainable love, our place in nature and how it revives us and the threads of our past lives that inform our current ones Marjorie and Nicholas, mother and son, come together during one traumatic night in Big Sur, the place where their lives separated decades before Nicholas has been in a fitful relationship with hisThe Palisades revolves around family, the search for sustainable love, our place in nature and how it revives us and the threads of our past lives that inform our current ones Marjorie and Nicholas, mother and son, come together during one traumatic night in Big Sur, the place where their lives separated decades before Nicholas has been in a fitful relationship with his partner, Matt, for some time, but the ensuing events, after uniting with his mother, open up familial wounds that threaten them He begins investigating what happened to his mother, which takes him deeper into the darkness of his family His mother, Marjorie, comes back to the world slowly with Nicholas help and begins to reveal her side of the story and how she ended up living out of her beloved van in and around Big Sur The Palisades delves into the aftermath of a person vanishing from their loved one s lives and the ripples it causes in their character After all is revealed, Nicholas and Marjorie must ultimately choose which path to take to transform their lives.
Recent Comments "The Palisades"
Twenty-something gay man comes to terms with his dysfunctional family and makes peace with his long-estranged mother.I read this because it was a finalist for the Best Debut, Gay Fiction Lambda Literary Award. Bob the Book won (five stars). Probation by Tom Mendicino, which I read last year and thought was terrific, was also nominated. Unfortunately, The Palisades was not up to the caliber of the other two.
I'm more a "who done it" type so I wasn't sure this story would capture my interest but from the 1st page I could not put it down. The author took a complicated premise and masterfully wove it into a story that flowed seamlessly from past to present and back again. It became a great "who done it" as you discovered each character's surprising contribution to the mystery. You get to know each person intimately as you are drawn into the psyche of each individual. Being a child of the 60's, I partic [...]
I received this book as part of a GoodReads FirstReads GiveAway. This is about a man processing his past after talking to his mother for the first time in years. It is told alternating from the perspective of the son and the mother, allowing the past and present stories to unfold. The story was good, but I found the writing to be awkward at times. I didn't like the boyfriend, found him unsupportive.
I really tried to get into this story, the premise sounded so promising. The narration of the story plodded and at times it was confusing who was the narrator; the mother or the son. I gave up on it. The characters were all whiny and dull. I didn't want to know any of them.
The Palisades was recently made a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Debut Fiction. Very excited. tomschabarum
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