Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty Catholicism and a family in crisis in rural Vermont A year old altar boy lives with his family in a small pove

  • Title: Soon the Light Will Be Perfect
  • Author: Dave Patterson
  • ISBN: 1335652906
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont.A 12 year old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen year old brother is about to enter high school His family has gained eno We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont.A 12 year old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen year old brother is about to enter high school His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes.As his family clings to the traditions of their hard lined Catholicism, the narrator begins to see how ideology and human nature are often at odds He meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast Taylor represents everything his life as an altar boy isn t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother s health deteriorates.Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability Get A Copy Kindl

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    About “Dave Patterson

    • Dave Patterson

      Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast program His short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Onion River Review, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other literary magazines He is currently at work on Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast program His short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Onion River Review, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other literary magazines He is currently at work on his second novel



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    • I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up Dave Patterson s Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is spare, beautiful, and haunting It s one of those books that feels a little like a ticking time bomb, because while everything that happens seems relatively benign, there s an underlying sense of tension that makes you wonder when, or if, everything is going to explode But that doesn t detract at all from its appeal.A 12 year old boy and his family live in rural Vermont at the start of the Gulf War F [...]


    • I was absolutely awed by the beauty of this cover Something just called to me when looking at this cover.Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is a hauntingly beautiful and complex story A 12 year old and his family are living in Vermont at the start of the Gulf War Things seem to finally be stable for this family and can finally move out of their trailer with the money that they have There is a lot going on in this story I can tell you that much A traumatic event hits this family when the moth I was a [...]


    • via my blog I ve often prayed for our misery to be transferred to someone else anyone else A young man comes of age in rural Vermont alongside his older brother, just a sliver away from the trailer park and poverty they used to live among before moving into a house The two contend with than their hormones Their Catholicism is little help in facing the harsh reality of a mother whose illness turns out to be cancer The shame and confusion of raging via my blog I ve often prayed for our misery to b [...]


    • Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability All the afore mentioned themes are nicely expressed in the honestly represented voices of 12 and 14 year old boys.There were s Se [...]


    • Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson is billed as a coming of age novel about a 12 year old and his family, living in poverty in rural Vermont Told from the perspective of the 12 year old who I don t believe was ever named , we hear about one summer for him, his 15 year old brother, his factory worker father, and his mother who is diagnosed with cancer This is a sad story about a family who has barely made it out of the trailer park and will probably never have enough money to d Soon [...]


    • Two siblings raising themselves in the midst of a family crisis with no idea just how drastic things may become.Their future is uncertain not to mention the goal is to move out of the trailer park entering into a good school but sadly the school doesn t welcome trailer park kids as this is rural Vermont during the Gulf War As their mother falls ill the family turns to the church in hopes of salvation but the anti abortion rallies are becoming increasingly violent.Their father attempts to keep t [...]


    • I d round the 3 stars up to 3.5 just because of the poignancy of the book, but it fizzled out in the end for me It just kind of ended.No real wrap up It was very odd The writing itself was beautiful It has a very coming of age flavor, a young boy right on the verge of growing up, and he really laid on the Catholic guilt, that part was pretty nearly perfect There s so much going on in this book that s it s kind of hard to believe it took place over the course of one summer I guess I was I d round [...]


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