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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Faded Flower by Paul McCusker

When a man's father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he takes his family to his hometown where his father lives. His aunt is taking care of his grandfather, but his grandfather insists nothing is wrong with him. But as he descends deeper and deeper into the disease, the prognosis because more evidently true.
There's isn't a single character I can think of that's perfect. Not only that, they are all believable and sometimes funny characters. Since this is a character based plot, this is essential. The need is clearly met.
Another mistake authors could make in writing a character-based plot is overemphasizing the character's personalities. But that mistake is missing in this book.
The book is divided into three parts. The first part is the longest and the third is the shortest. The interesting thing about the parts is that the first part is just a omniscient point of view. In the second part, it switches into a first person account of the lead. No author has ever tried this before, but for no apparent reason.
The history behind the town is exquisite, and it is not given in information dumps. It's lightly sprinkled throughout the plot at given and appropriate places.
As I have said before, I will say again. Paul McCusker is one of the best authors on the market.
4 stars

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