Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Only Love Can Break your Heart

jacket image for Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Hardback, 320 pages  (also available in Electronic book text and CD-Audio )
ISBN: 9781616203825 (161620382X)
Published by Algonquin Books
January 5, 2016 

Idgie Says:
This is a novel that you can sink your teeth into and hold tight.  What secrets lie in the past that end of affecting the boys' lives to their detriment?  The sins of the parents are to be laid upon the Children.  

Rocky and Paul have gotten along decently for their time together, working around the fact that Paul's mother walked out of the family and Rocky's mother is very close in age to Paul himself.  But one day Paul snaps and the family becomes even more fractured than before.  As the years pass, more tension and fractures occur and secrets from the past come back.  

A very good family drama novel.  As we know, families can be difficult and there are not always happy endings. 

Algonquin is very excited about this novel and they should be.  They should also be proud of being the publishing house to share it with us.

about Only Love Can Break Your Heart

"Love can make people do terrible things."

Welcome to Spencerville, Virginia, 1977. Eight-year-old Rocky worships his older brother, Paul. Sixteen and full of rebel cool, Paul spends his days cruising in his Chevy Nova blasting Neil Young, cigarette dangling from his lips, arm slung around his beautiful, troubled girlfriend. Paul is happy to have his younger brother as his sidekick. Then one day, in an act of vengeance against their father, Paul picks up Rocky from school and nearly abandons him in the woods. Afterward, Paul disappears.

Seven years later, Rocky is a teenager himself. He hasn’t forgotten being abandoned by his boyhood hero, but he’s getting over it, with the help of the wealthy neighbors’ daughter, ten years his senior, who has taken him as her lover. Unbeknownst to both of them, their affair will set in motion a course of events that rains catastrophe on both their families. After a mysterious double murder brings terror and suspicion to their small town, Rocky and his family must reckon with the past and find out how much forgiveness their hearts can hold.