How would you handle being wrongly accused of sexual abuse? J. Michael Dew talks to us today about his debut novel, All the Bad Things.
"Robbie Toe never touched Missy inappropriately, never raped Blue Jean by the fire, never did anything to the other five girls who accused him of sexual abuse. But no one cared to hear his side of the story ..."
Please welcome J. Michael Dew to my blog today to talk to us a little about his novel All The Bad Things. But before we get into the questions and answers, why not take a quick look at my review of this magnificent piece of literature:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Written in first person, from the points of view of four people living in northwestern Pennsylvania, All The Bad Things pushes boundaries, not only because of its controversial content, but because the four distinct voices are written exactly how they would speak.
Some might think this would be difficult to read, but it's not. Not at all. It took me only one page to get into the rhythm of the language and to realize that I was embarking on an unconventionally-crafted masterpiece. I am in awe. And I think you would be too. Writing like this doesn't come easy.
For fear of giving too much away, I'm just going to say that you won't be disappointed. Even if stories like this do not appeal to you, I think if you gave it a chance, the distinct characters would draw you in whether you wanted them to or not. Forget about your opinion of coarse language in literature, forget about your opinion of shocking content, and realize that without such content, this book would not be authentic. Without it, this story would not even be worth writing.
And the ending left me shock. It also left me feeling and thinking things that I should probably be ashamed of. Yes, this is definitely a masterpiece. I wouldn't be surprised if it was made into a movie within a year of its release.
Buy it. Buy it now.
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