Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Truth is Stranger than Fiction

In My Mind's Eye by Justin Marciano

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Summary: Chased by the Klan, assaulted by family, influenced by friends, and shaped by environment, this narrative takes the reader through one man's life as a suburban teenager in Connecticut.

The story is told in narrative shorts that go from violence to the guilt of stealing from a church. The reader will feel sympathy in one story, anger in the next, and frustrating humor throughout. The author purposely takes the reader on a joyride through the lunacy that is captured in every story. His perspective eminates from every page.

Open the book and be captured by the elegant insanity that becomes In My Mind's Eye.

Review: A collection of stories that proves the saying truth is stranger than fiction.

Justin Marciano certainly has had an interesting life. As Marciano mentions, his childhood was normal to him, but to most other people, Marciano's life was scary, sad, and abusive at times. Even so, he manages to make his stories funny.

My favorite was when he asks his preschool teacher to have sex with him to get her to stay with him. Although Marciano says he doesn't remember where he heard the phrase, it is certainly fun to imagine where he heard the phrase.

I am sure it was scary for Marciano, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story when he went into the city with his cousin and he cousin managed to scare him straight from going into the gang life. Another scary yet funny story is the author's run in with the Ku Klux Klan.

In short, an eclectic collection of stories that are sad, funny, and poignant.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy short stories or memoirs.

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