Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review of And the Soft Wind Blows by Lance Umenhofer

Synopsis: "Timmy Enosh is a peculiar, small man: fivethree, onehundredandfifteen pounds, and is a pharmacist in Ashton City, Tennessee.

He finds himself at fortythreeyearsold as his life starts to fall apart: his threehundred pound wife disappears, his romantic interest has lost interest and has gained hatred toward him, his coworkers harass him, customers verbally assault him, and he has the strange urge to adopt his foulmouthed, eighteenyearold coworker, Alex.

When things start to pile up, Timmy must find a way to deal: he turns to Alex to supply him with marijuana, starts sewing an elaborate Mr. Mistoffelees costume, finds solace in the wild, etc., etc., etc.

And the soft, constant wind of change blows him on, on, and on."

My Review: Well that was interesting. I am not a hundred percent what to think of this one. Timmy seems like a nice guy who has had a lifetime of being walked all over and bad decisions. You really get to know Timmy through out the book and you find out how much he doesn't know himself. One simple comment started his week unraveling and led to more poor decisions. It is really kind of a sad story to read as his life crumbles around him as his bad choices lead to worse results. I can't help be also read it as a warning for our own lives and to carefully examine how we live and the choices we make and where they may lead us.
My Rating: This was definitely outside of my normal reading comfort zone but I still enjoyed the change.  It was a somewhat depressing book but in a good way. A nice short read too, I was able to read it in one of Munchkin's naps (a huge bonus for me).  I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.
And the Soft Wind Blows was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can find out more about both the Lance Umenhofer and his work on his Goodreads Page or Website.
You can also obtain your own copy of And the Soft Wind Blows in print on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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