Dyed Souls - Gary Santorella
ABOUT THE BOOK -
‘My mom leans back, smiles, and strokes my cheek. “That’s all right, Charlie. Never you mind. You just got soft living with your grandparents, is all. You forgot that most people don’t have it so easy—that you have to be tough to make it in this world.”’
Set in the 1980’s, Dyed Souls follows the life of 13-year-old Charlie; an intelligent, troubled teen, taken from his grandparents by his drug addicted mother, only to end up at Hawthorne Residential Treatment Village.
There he ponders Darwin, Socrates, and Plato, and unexpectedly falls in love with a girl named Margo. When she breaks his heart, Charlie runs away, beginning a new journey that will leave him shattered before he finally makes it to Virginia. Back with his grandparents, the return of his mother forces him to learn a bitter truth that changes his life forever.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Gary Santorella, Owner, Interactive Consulting is a Lean implementation, organizational development, conflict resolution, and team-building specialist. He has a BA in Behavioural Psychology from Providence College, Providence, RI (1980), a Master’s Degree in Occupational Social Welfare from UC Berkeley (1990), and is a licensed cognitive-behavioural therapist in the State of California. His book: Lean Culture for the Construction Industry: Building Responsible & Committed Project Teams 2nd Edition was published by Productivity Press (a division of Taylor & Francis) in 2017. His first novel, Dyed Souls, was published by Matador Publishing in 2018.
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MY THOUGHTS -
A great first novel! Very touching, very real feeling story. This has everything from heartache to laughs, with great quirky characters. Charlie a sweet, quite, "looking for love in all the wrong places" kind of kid. He amazingly hooks up with Margo , a foul mouth, sassy ghetto type with an "I'm queen of the world" no nonsense attitude.
Loaded with quite a few jaw dropping, gasping moments. It's those moments I love! There were a few spots that left me tearing up and shaking my head because I know that this kind of thing does really happen. I truly loved following Charlie in his travels both physically and emotionally as he is looking for any semblance of what a real family should look like.
Troubadour - https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/dyed-souls/
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096
US - https://www.amazon.com/Dyed-Souls-Gary-Santorella/dp/1788038096
I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources - Thank You!!
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