Friday, March 31, 2017

Jukebox by Saira Viola

JukeboxJukebox by Saira Viola
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gifted writer with an expansive vocabulary, Saira Viola's Jukebox is a modern take on the London style gangster story. A fast paced book filled to the brim with brilliant metaphors, alliteration galore and characters that are predictable in a surprising way, Jukebox exposes a fresh literary talent in Saira Viola. At it's core the story is about desperation, the main character Nick's father has Alzheimers; and all of the attendant hardships and sorrow that accompany that diagnosis. Nick wants to be a musician, but desperate times call for desperate measures as it were, and Nick has followed the advice of his father and become a fledgling lawyer. Gritty with a realistic feel to the people in Nick's life; his uncle, who thinks he is the next Bernie Madoff, to Nick's martyred mother, this novel so accurately depicts the human condition, it is hard to stop reading. Creative fiction that combines a wonderful use of language with a solidly engaging story. Highly recommend.

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