Brewster, by Mark Slouka will be out in August 2013, and I just can't wait to hear everyone's reaction. This is a beautiful, sorrowful tribute to that too short window of time when friendships are the core of life and their brilliance is everything - survival, love, escape, and hope. Living in the late 60s in upstate NY, John and Ray are still in high school, and only 16, but their youths have been seriously short changed by innocence. Like the foreboding poetry in a favorite rock song, you know from the first compelling lines that this is going to bring you to your knees, and it does.
I hope Brewster escapes being categorized as a "coming of age story" - which would not be inaccurate, but a kind of travesty given its grander reach.
If I were a novel I would want to be Brewster. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker