In the Shadow of the Water Tower

In the Shadow of the Water Tower

by Alan Kirby


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ISBN-13: 9781634130042
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 418
Sales rank: 888,409
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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In The Shadow of The Water Tower 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Alan Kirby’s In the Shadow of the Water Tower is a nostalgic narrative depicting the bond of brotherhood. Joe and Darren Kelly receive an unexpected conference call from an attorney in their hometown. Joe and Darren were asked to return to Glenville, IN, to hear the reading of a will. Why did Uncle Shorty (who really wasn't their uncle, but a friend of the family) request them to handle his estate? Full of curiosity, the Kelly brothers return to Indiana. Unknown to everyone, Shorty had invested very well and had a sizable estate. Shorty loved Glenville. He requested his money to go to the citizens of Glenville, and he wanted the Kelly boys to decide who received the funds. The catch - they had only 30 days to make their decisions. Their choices were not going to be easy. Joe and Darren Kelly’s lives were about to change forever.   As In the Shadow of the Water Tower unfolds, Alan Kirby walks the reader down Memory Lane. Mr. Kirby is a gifted storyteller. Through the memories of the Kelly brothers the past comes to life, transporting the reader into simpler times. Darren Kelly is the protagonist and the narrator. His brother Joe is his foil or side-kick in the story. The bond between these brothers is written masterfully. There is a large cast of minor characters, each adding flavor to the plot scheme. Kirby writes the history of small town America with grace and charm, while simultaneously weaving in the challenges that small communities face in the 21st century. The plot is wonderfully written. Kirby keeps the plot moving with memories of the past blended with today’s ever present realities. In the Shadow of the Water Tower is an excellently written story about life, then and now.
luv2readsba More than 1 year ago
Fun and Inspiring Book I really enjoyed this book.  It has an intriguing storyline that offers a nostalgic small town journey, coupled with preset day drama and issues. I loved the dry humor of the brothers.  Many of their stories were very funny and relatable.  The author is a great storyteller. This is an intelligent and surprisingly poignant book.  Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the unique plot of this story, something very original and yet so relatable. Kirby does a great job balancing humor and sentiment, it was hard to put down. Looking forward to more from this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! This book may not be a "must" read, but it sure was enjoyable. If anyone is looking for a casual read full of heartfelt emotion of  two brothers reaching back to their hometown past and humor, this book is the ticket! The premise of the task before them for their hometown and citizens is a plausible situation in today's world. Their encounters with past friends, colleagues and teachers will remind us  all of our own trip down memory lane. And if the sarcastic humor of Darren does not make your shake your head, your need a  "humor check"! Mr. Kirby's first run at a novel could very well create a fan following.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Three years after the death of a dear family friend, Uncle Shorty, two brothers, Darren and Joe Kelly, 60 and 63 years old, received a strange call from a lawyer. The brothers were requested at the reading of Uncle Shorty's will in their hometown of Glenville, Indiana. On reaching Glenville and hearing Uncle Shorty's wishes, the two brothers were ready to get started on fulfilling his last wish - I mean how hard could it be? They were, however, shocked beyond words when they learnt the size of the estate - fifty million dollars - to be distributed within the Glenville community. The decision of who would benefit from Uncle Shorty's generosity was entirely up to the Kelly brothers, but they had 30 days to accomplish this. So the two started on the intensive groundwork necessary for their decision-making, catching up with old friends (and enemies) along the way, and once again getting to know the home they had left forty years ago. In The Shadow of the Water Tower by Alan Kirby is an inspiring story about an amazing and very unexpected act of generosity that profoundly touched the life of two brothers and would go on to touch an entire community for a very long time to come. Alan Kirby created an amazing story with an original plot and characters that are very memorable and easily relatable. Bouncing between the past and the present, the story portrays a laid-back town with a close-knit community as seen through the eyes of brothers Darren and Joe, then and now as the two reminisce about old times and the lives they had lived. I was completely amazed by Uncle Shorty's wisdom in his choice of executors of his estate; it was a pure genius move. In The Shadow of the Water Tower by Alan Kirby is an inspirational story with full doses of humour and drama and I really enjoyed it.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite In the Shadow of the Water Tower is written by Alan Kirby. Brothers Joe and Darren Kelly received a puzzling telephone call from an attorney summoning them to their hometown, Glenville. They travel to hear about Uncle Shorty’s will, and are surprised that he made them executors of his large estate. The Kellys are to distribute Uncle Shorty’s money to the most deserving persons and institutions in Glenville within one month. Every citizen has a hard luck story, genuine or otherwise. Joe and Darren rekindle old friendships and make new ones. They also reconnect with past despicable classmates, and are harassed by Lonnie, a town hoodlum who feels he should get a large share of the money. The Kellys' lives are permanently changed once they reach Glenville, but they don’t want their personal feelings to get in the way of the role which was thrust upon them. Can they successfully complete their mission in the allotted time given? In the Shadow of the Water Tower is a beautiful novel. It contains pleasant memories of a past that is almost forgotten, greed, sadness, and old grievances which are never forgotten.The author writes a wonderful original drama in first person narrative, with Darren being the main narrator. Kirby has a comforting writing style that I like, and his wry humour is visible throughout the interesting content. This book has a natural feel as the author includes a few of his own nostalgic tales filled with mixed emotions.