The Fallen Snow

The Fallen Snow

by John J. Kelley
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The Fallen Snow 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The characters and settings captured my heart after the first pages. From Paris and Montmartre in wartime France to the mountains of rural Virginia, the settings are vivid and fascinating. But what I love most are the characters - I can relate so much to Joshua and fell in love with Claire. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great coming of age story and family drama. The book takes you through a lot of emotions, and has a few twists that will catch you off guard. Be prepared for an at times touching and at times exciting ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this novel to be a real treasure, a book that should not simply be read but savored. It presents dual portraits of love and war as lived through its protagonist Joshua Hunter. Joshua's love for Aiden Reynolds is drawn with subtle lines and colors as are the battle scenes and military life in war - ravaged France. His difficulty with reintegration back into his old Virginia home is shown in the same understated way which enables the reader to appreciate and sympathize with him. I will be recommending this book to many people. It is not simply the beautiful way it presents same-sex love, but by setting it in a time and place where such love wasn't accepted, it shows that it is a real and natural element in the spectrum of human nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a decent read, but not what I was really expecting. I had expected there to be more dealing with PTSD, which Joshua does see, to suffer in certain chapters, but the book really focuses on his dealing with the death of his lover, and how hiding his sexuality affected his other relationships.
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gerryburnie More than 1 year ago
A worthy debut album Review by Gerry Burnie I have done a fair amount of research into WWI (1914 – 1918), and because of it I have developed a real admiration for the young men who fought and died in unfamiliar places like Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. It was hell on earth with the “mustard” gas, the relentless mud, the rotting trench feet, and the barbarity in general, and their sacrifices should never ever be forgotten. Because of this, Fallen Snow, by John J Kelley [Stone Cabin Press, December 19, 2012] appealed to me as an appropriate memorial. The story follows the experience of one young man from the rural uplands of Virginia to the battlefields of Alsace Lorraine, France, and back again. However, the man who left Virginia is not the man who returned; not emotionally, anyhow. For want of a better name hey called it “shell sock” back then, but we now know it as PTSD (“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”) Complicating this even further is the fact that Joshua Hunter is also gay, which in the context of the time and rural setting was yet another source of emotional distress. Along the way he meets a variety of characters, each with their own story, but only Aiden has the strength to help Joshua come to grips with himself. ¿ I thought the author did quite a good job of depicting the battlefield scenes, although I would have liked to see them a bit more stark to reflect the reality of it, and even though I am unfamiliar with Virginia, I was able to visualize the Appalachian setting quite well. I could also identify with the insular society of his village, and with his ultra-conservative family. I understand this is John Kelley’s debut novel, and so I look forward to reading more. Four and one-half bees.