Author – Gary Santorella.
Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.
Dyed Souls has won two awards:
Silver in the 2018 Global eBook Awards – Young Adult Fiction Category
Chill With a Book Readers Award.
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Publisher – Matador Books
Pages – 256
The Blurb –
Described by John Lloyd of The Bookbag as “Catcher in the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Dyed Souls is a gritty coming-of-age literary novel, set in a residential treatment centre in 1980’s California.
Charlie Lyle loves science, natural history, and the world of the mind, and it is his refuge and salvation as he copes with his drug-addicted mother and a world of circumstances well-beyond his grasp. More a work of philosophy than psychology, “For the teen it has a galling coming-of-age, redemption quest. For the adult it has that, as well as a literary look at a singular fictional life.”
Today is my stop on the Dyed Souls blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – This is a hard read, but completely absorbing. It is a brilliant book that it is brutal in its honesty about the world.
Charlie lives in a residential centre due to the fact that his drug addicted mother can’t or won’t cope with him. Written in the first person, Charlie describes his life there, living with the other residents, who have their own demons. His love for his grandparents and the effect that his grandfather has had upon his life.
Charlie is well read thanks to his father and has a book by Darwin, throughout he uses Darwin’s work to try and explain the life he is living and to use his philosophies to survive.
Dyed Souls is an excellent read that pulls no punches, and is definitely one of those books that stays with you.
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