Spungunion - John Boden
Deke Larch is a widowed trucker who lost everything when he lost his wife. Spungunion follows Deke while on his quest to find who took it all from him. The journey takes him a little farther than he thought and challenges everything he has. Y’all, this book wrecked me. Straight up demolished. I went into this knowing that Boden’s writing has always been beautiful and this book was no different. This authors ability to create likable and deep characters is outstanding. Deke seems like the strong and silent type to anyone unfamiliar with him, but he is just an overall good guy that melted my whole entire heart talking about how much he loved his wife. Those were some of my favorite parts of this book, when we would get little snippets into the early relationship of Deke and his late wife. I’m not sure exactly why, but I just kept picturing this book like Big Fish while I was reading it. You know how, in Big Fish, the dad has these TALL tales and the flashbacks are always beautifully shot and surreal to see? That’s exactly what it feels like reading this book with a spookier angle to it. And I LOVED it. Like I said earlier, Boden’s writing is beautiful. There were a few times that I stopped reading for a second because his descriptions were so dead on and vivid. The dialogue in the book is also really casual and believable. Oh and this book only has 106 pages. I’m not exactly sure how Boden packed those few pages with such an unforgettable story, but he did it and he did it well. This book is exceptional. It’s a vivid and well written story that will I recommend everyone. It is in the running to be my favorite book of 2020. Thank you to @shineynobuttons for this copy. I am so happy that I read this book.