Leaving Montana by Thomas Whaley
Sakura Publishing: 7/7/14
eBook review copy, 226 pages
Leaving Montana by Thomas Whaley is a highly recommended novel about an adult child who survived a highly dysfunctional childhood.
Benjamin Sean Quinn is a forty year old man who, from all outward
appearances, has a perfect life. He and his partner of 14 years have 2
daughters. They live in a well-appointed home in a prestigious
neighborhood. But Ben is "as angry as hell. Angry to the core." In Leaving Montana
he has chosen to confront once and for all the messiness that was his
childhood and the hidden secrets it holds in an attempt to rid his life
of the anger.
Ben tells the story of his childhood with battling parents Carmella and
Sean while going on his current day trip to Montana. His parents are
always referred to by their surnames, never an affectionate mom and
dad. Most certainly we know that his childhood is the root of his
anger, but there are more secrets to be uncovered. The story of his
parents' marriage is heart breaking, but so is the anger that Ben has
held on to for far too long. Ben is an arrogant man, but freely admits
his flaws and is able to laugh at them.
This is a well written novel written in first person about
dysfunctional, embattled families and secrets. The big secret here was
one I suspected almost immediately, but the enjoyment was in the
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Sakura Publishing for review