So Shall We Passby Michael Barrera
In Wharton, Texas, a rural and dilapidated town where cotton once made kings out of paupers, Jacob's mental health is rapidly deteriorating. He has to cope
Seventeen-year-old Jacob is well aware of the commandment "Honor thy father and mother." But his mother has been dead for a year, and in order to protect his sister and himself, Jacob plans to kill his father.
In Wharton, Texas, a rural and dilapidated town where cotton once made kings out of paupers, Jacob's mental health is rapidly deteriorating. He has to cope with the death of his mother, the responsibility of raising a younger sibling, and a deranged father who breeds ferocious fighting pit bulls and deals drug, all from the once-functioning and prosperous family farm. Jacob struggles to preserve his sister's naïve worldview while searching for meaning and hope in the dismal circumstances that surround him.
When intense supernatural visions begin to cripple Jacob's ability to live productively, desperation consumes him. Killing his father seems to be the only salvation from his rapidly crumbling world.
A literary sketch of a failed moral calculus and madness at its inception, So Shall We Pass explores the ways in which an adolescent such as Jacob responds to the often overwhelming energies of life.
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I actually read this book as a .pdf when it was forwarded to me from a friend who knew the author. (Apparently, he was mass-mailing digital copies of this book before it was published.) Anyway, it was outrageously good. I had no intention of even starting to read a new novel, but it pulled me in and I ended up reading it all in one sitting. It is short enough to get through very quickly, and it really takes you on a crazy trip. Even though I read it online, I still want a copy of my own.
This book was artistic, deep, sophisticated, and inspired a substantial amount of thought and reflection. This one is going to live with me. It's totally unbelievable that this the author's first published piece of literature. While it has a definite darkness to it, there is also a great deal of hope. The book is unsettling, but realistic in its depravity, and one can completely relate to the crazy thoughts the main character has while he struggles to understand the world he is growing up in, all the while fighting to prevent his baby sister from seeing what he has seen. The landscape, the scenes, and the characters inner struggles were vividly painted, and completely realistic and believable. In its written form, this short novel nonetheless presents the kind of picturesque Texas imagery from No Country for Old Men- similar psychological questions asked, but nowhere near the level of blood and violence (which I appreciated) While a quick read, it similarly has the sort of lasting and vivid imagery you'd expect from a Steinbeck, and definitely lingers in your mind long after you put it down. This one is a find- Check it out before everyone else does.
Good read. As someone from Texas, I can tell you that the descriptions of the Texas heat are probably the best I've ever read.
Something like watching a movie. The writing really was excellent though. This is the kind of book I'd want to read again.
Dark and desolate, but actually uplifting in a weird way. There was something about the whole story that actually made me feel good for Jacob. It wasn't as dark as some people here made it sound. I think there is definitely a positive way to interpret the story. All around good story with writing that made it fun to read. I've never felt so connected with a character.
Barrera makes my question my own understanding of good and evil, beautiful and ugly, and my own self versus the world.