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Posted March 14, 2011
"A Scarecrow's Bible" has an intriguing premise, but it fails to deliver the goods. The story of a rural Mississippi middle-aged war veteran who falls for a man half his age while his family is disintegrating (wife leaves for another man; daughter leaves home for a job in New Orleans) is an original premise, no doubt. But there's a catch; both the construction worker vet and his unemployed new boyfriend are drug addicts. Their alternating stories and interactions are almost always examined through the haze of their highs and lows, and this loses the reader's interest because it is so unrelenting. Reading the novel is like trying to decipher the conversation between two drunks at a party. No question there's some strong writing here, but the two main characters are too disconnected from each other and reality for the reader to empathize or even recognize. Not recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.