Review from Shannon’s Book Bag

Shannon’s Book Bag reviews A Masque of Infamy:

This was a surprisingly good book. Billed as autobiographical novel, it reads extremely entertaining. Louis is a very believable hard-assed, yet naive teenage boy struggling with a crappy family situation. Dad is a pervert, Mom is a basket-case, and “family friend” Rick is a nut-case.  Louis does what he feels will produce the best situation for himself (and in turn his little brother), but also feels guilt at not being able to change the situation and confusion as to how to deal with things that have happened to him in the past. Despite being a bit of a self-centered shit, you can’t help but feel for him being stuck in his crazy life.

She didn’t like the ending, however, and like several other reviewers, found it frustrating.

But after buying into this kid’s life, the writer leaves you high and dry with no resolution to any of the situations – and not in a “sequel will be coming soon” sort of way. He just up and leaves…and you are left to wonder, “Seriously, that’s it?!” Frustrating, at least to me.

A common response to the novel has been that it ends abruptly and there is no tidy conclusion, no sense of what the future will hold for Louis or his brother. Because I tried to make the novel as close to the real experience as I could, within the limits of memory and the constraints of narrative, A Masque of Infamy is a story about real life, and real life is almost always messy. At one point, I contemplated writing a fictional ending that would tie it all together, but it just didn’t seem genuine. And as much as this is billed as a “novel,” I only changed names to protect my family, and because I used a lot of dialogue to tell the story, I couldn’t in good conscious call it a memoir. But it is a true story. This is how it happened.

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My Virtual Blog Tour Schedule

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A little late on this, since most of the stops have already passed, but there are still a few more days left in my virtual blog tour presented by Sage’s Blog Tours.

June 7th Alana Munro (interview)

June 8th Stuffed Shelves (review)

June 11th my name is: Sage (review)

June 12th Yah Gotta Read This!  (excerpt)

June 13th Raven Reviews (interview)

June 17th A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (review)

June 18th The Avid Reader (review)

June 20th Sarah Thinks about Stuff (review)

June 21st Crafty Mom Zen (review)

June 24th The Relentless Reader (review)

June 25th Shannon’s Book Bag (review)

June 26th BookSpin (review)

June 27th Book Fidelity (review)

June 28th Read Your Bookcase (review)