Onward Toward What We're Going Toward

Onward Toward What We're Going Toward

by Ryan Bartelmay


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ISBN-13: 9781935439776
Publisher: Ig Publishing
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ryan Bartelmay graduated from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Undergraduate Writer’s Workshop, before going to Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction writing. He won the Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers hosted by Boulevard, and his work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, Opium, Phoebe: A Journal of Arts and Letters, and The Believer, among others. He is currently the Dean of General Education at Kendall College in Chicago.

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Onward Toward What We're Going Toward 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
I'm kind of amazed that I in the end gave this book a 3 star rating because there were times when I thought that the book was a bit boring to read, mostly because sometimes I just couldn't see a point to the story really and also that I just couldn't really like the characters, well except Lomax, but he was not long for the world. But somehow, I liked the book, just because it was so odd.  We get to follow Chic, both as a young man and as an old man in parallel storylines. So while we follow his life as a newlywed man we also get to know him as an old man in a retirement home. We also get to know his wife Diane, his brother Buddy and his wife Lijy and in later life we get to know Mary a woman that will play a new role in Chic's life. The story in this is sometimes just incredible weird and they make decisions that just seem stupid. lBut I still needed to find out what happens to the characters so I kept reading just to get answers to questions like  will Chic ever be happy? What will happen to them all? It's like reading a soap opera. So in the end 3 stars, despite being a bit boring sometimes, despite lacking any really likeable characters (aww poor Lomax that he had to die so young). In the end this book is about ordinary slightly odd characters that makes decisions that sometimes seems completely stupid. Just like real people...