Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Makings of a Fatherless Child by Chandler Alexander

The Makings of a Fatherless Child
by Chandler Alexander

My rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: House of Cotton Publishing (December 20, 2015)
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Genre: Urban Life
Print Length: 418 pages
Available from: Amazon | Kobo |

 Chandler Alexander's The Makings of a Fatherless Child is a dark and riveting tale of a young boy, Amel River, growing of age in the Mississippi Delta all while trying to survive a broken home, poverty, fatherlessness, and a voice in his head that won't go away.
With the wisdom of a drunken stranger King Lee, the unspoken love of his best friend Sea’Sea, and the innocent eyes of his two-year-old nephew Javion, Amel embarks on an unknown journey of truth, understanding, and forgiveness, hoping that his journey will lead him to experience his ultimate definition of freedom, a life worth living.

The Makings of a Fatherless Child by Chandler Alexander

The Makings of a Fatherless ChildIf you are prepared to take a giant leap out of your comfort zone and into what claims to be realistic fiction, be prepared to feel both uncomfortable, a little heartsick and even angry. Amel River tells his story of growing up on the “wrong” side of the tracks, where father figures were few and far between, mother figures were often cold and indifferent and children grew up fending the best way they could, minus one driving force, the determination to succeed, to grow and bring change in a world claimed to care, but went home every night to a warm bad, warm meal and a more typical, encouraging family unit.

The Makings of a Fatherless Child by Chandler Alexander is told through the voice and eyes of young Amel, a boy left rudderless, trying to care for child and give him everything he never had, including encouragement and positivity. If not for an unusual and charismatic old man, who took Amel in and fed him sage, if not sometimes cryptic wisdom, Amel would not have learned the truth of his own paternal abandonment and the reasons why so many fathers leave. Experience the life Amel had, his method of protecting what he cared about and the rough laws of the streets where there is no hope, no order or feeling of community. From the extremely crass and belittling language used to the bullying and threats, to the physical altercations, no one should grow up thinking this is life and the world is like this.

Chandler Alexander weaves a coarse cloth of life in a poor town, those with a sense of pride, those without and those who have learned late in life they have much to atone for. If this tale doesn’t make one stop and think hard about those around us, nothing will and if you don’t feel the need to tell your family you love them in a way that conveys that emotion with a true depth of feeling through actions, I will be amazed.

Get past the realistic dialogue, the rampant derogatory terms, lack of self-respect or respect for others and feel the pain of a community that is floundering and can only be saved one person at a time. Be part of Amel’s coming of age and the opening of his eyes to the many truths around him as he decides what he will do with that knowledge. There is more truth than fiction here and it will knock the wind out of your sails with its raw content.

I received this copy from Chandler Alexander in exchange for my honest review.


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