Friday, July 31, 2009

Books I've read this week - Wait Until Twilight

Wait Until Twilight ©2009 by Sang Pak

From the cover: “A hauntingly strange and powerfully affecting debut novel that heralds the arrival of a unique and captivating literary voice. Sang Pak’s Wait Until Twilight is a coming-of-age story that explores the complex darkness infecting a damaged psyche in a small Southern town.

Not long after his own mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Samuel discovers a set of deformed triplets hidden behind closed doors in his sleepy Georgia community. The babies – whose shut-in mother believes they were immaculately conceived and whose menacing brother is a constant threat – take control of Samuel’s every waking and sleeping thought. His only escape, he realizes, will be to save the monster children. But to do so, he must rein in his darkest impulses as he undergoes a profound transformation from motherless boy to self-defined man – because sometimes the most terrible monsters are those that live inside us all.”

Samuel’s friend takes him to see deformed triplets and after seeing them, they consume his thoughts and affect his daily life. He feels guilty that the sight of them bothered him so much. On a later visit to the house, he discovers the babies’ older brother mistreats them and wants them dead but he doesn’t know what to do about it. The story follows him as he discovers what he needs to do to become a man. This was a disturbing book and what Samuel does is not all pretty and light but it was a compelling story.

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