C. E. Edmonson
Aventine Press (2015)
Reviewed by Christine Watson for Reader Views (10/15)
“Always October” by C. E. Edmonson is a beautifully written novel that feels like a memoir. Its simplicity and honesty captures the heart and soul, creating a story that leaves a permanent mark on the reader. The author shares the story from the perspective of an elderly man, looking back on his long life of joy, sorrow, and utter heartbreak. The reader will not be able to put this book down!
I kept on having to check to make sure this novel wasn’t a true story because it is so well written, and heartfelt. The author breaks down the life of an elderly man from Minnesota into three main parts of his life. It begins with the storyteller as a young boy, and the life he leads as the son of a farmer. It then moves to the young man as a soldier during World War II, and the challenges he faces in the military at that time. Finally, this man comes home from war, and the rest of the story shares his life events from that point forward.
The character development of Lucas in particular is excellent. I felt like I knew him inside and out by the end of the story. Lucas has a vulnerability to him that the author reveals throughout the book, showing his strengths and flaws. As a reader, I felt very connected to the character. Lucas’s father was a man of strength as well, and their relationship was beautiful to witness throughout the story.
I highly recommend “Always October” by C. E. Edmonson to everyone! It is heartwarming, heart breaking, and everything in between. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down once I started it. It opened my eyes to the inside of war, disease, and the effects of the Great Depression on farmers. I loved this book!