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Thursday, April 9, 2015
12:44 pm edt
Growing Up Dark
All of us have a dark secret or two from our past…our childhood…our early adult years.
Some of us have yet to garner new ones. Even I have a few skeletons in my closet – figuratively speaking, of course
– a few painful memories while coming of age back in the day. Not any of them, of course, to be revealed here, but on
this particularly rainy day, perhaps briefly reflected upon within…some things I wish I did or did not do…things
I wish could be undone. But would that really change anything?
A stunning first novel, My Sunshine Away, by M. O. Walsh, deals with painful and no so painful memories of a teenage boy growing up in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The
main protagonist has a dark secret he is now compelled to reveal. Finding the need to write about a most profound coming-of-age
experience that has had profound effects upon his later life, the narrator delves into the dark side of (wo)mankind’s
nature and comes up strong on the lighter edge of his reader’s introspection.
It’s a different kind
of novel. I am not sure what genre to categorize it in except to say it totally took me out of my own guarded comfort zone…and
brought back a few childhood memories that I greatly overly fictionalized in my own debut novel, Forty-Thirty. But there the similarities stop.
Curious? Then please take the time to read my review on www.authorexposure.com. You might wish to ponder picking up a copy of Walsh’s novel. You might also find yourself reminiscing. You needn’t
worry, though. Like the novel’s hero, all can be forgiven.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel
of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.