by Robert L. Saunders
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Tommytown 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SSommers More than 1 year ago
A moving true story of a mother trying desperately to hold onto her family; while at the same time allowing the reader to understand the mother's struggles as seen through the eyes of her 11-year-old son, Barry. After I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. And when I did there was a lump in my throat, a tear in my eye, thinking what a sad yet delightful story. Saunders excelled in conveying the human emotions of: love, hope, fear, and frustration in such a way that made sense in the story. Every chapter was not all gloom and doom because the author had a knack of inserting humor and joy throughout the story. Saunders tells their tale with much affection and, if you can still read through your tears, you will believe that human persistence does exist in the real world. It's a great book. Hope everyone gets the chance to read it.
CharlieParks More than 1 year ago
I read this book over a 3 evening read. I had a hard time putting the book down after the first 120 pages or so. The mother, Helen, and her tribe of 7 children in this story are so pitiful in their audacity and resilience, despite such damning odds, of living in poverty with little or no help from her husband that makes a very decent salary. The author gives the reader a glimpse into harshness of the world of want. The story takes place in the 1950's and no welfare system existed. Helen's main problem was keeping her family together, ages 5 through 18, else she may find a visit from a social worker. In the 50's, social workers danced to different tune. Their aim was to break up the family regardless of age or sex. Thus sisters and brothers were separated with no clue as to their whereabouts. The story revolves around Helen, her daughter, Karen, and her three sons, Bunky, Barry and Noah. Barry is the main character and through his eyes you feel the pain he feels for not only his mother but also for his siblings. The author made no effort to give me the impression that I would not be paying a visit to the home of the Beaver Cleaver's family. Still, I was glad the author sprinkled a bit of humor here and there because it kept the story from being so depressing. I really enjoyed the horseback ride the two brothers, Barry and Noah took on the hot summer night. I just had to laugh. If you want to read a real life drama based on real people then I recommend Tommytown. If you just want a refreshing read I highly recommend it.
conniejackson More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I found this author. His books approach the human strengths and flaws with such a refreshing and personal way that I found myself reading page after page. When I finished Tommytown, I still wanted to read more about the characters he created in this super story. I got so wrapped up in the lives of Helen, the woman, and her children, Karen, Barry, and Noah that I felt their frustrations and sorrows as they tried to cope with living in sheer poverty with little or no support from Richard, the father. Helen is a woman who cares deeply about her six children and will do everything in her power to ensure that they never have to continue living in poverty. Midway through the story she realized that to reach this goal she must make another lonely decision. As the story moves on so does Helen's determination to rid her life of Richard. She had suffered enough, so she makes plans to become a new woman and never have to rely on a man for money or love. When the story comes to the final chapters, 11-year-old, Barry is stricken with a severe case of boils. Boils so thick they covered both his legs and pulled his legs back against his spine. Helen must care for Barry and when she does she knows that her dream of leaving Richard will not soon become a reality. Be prepared to cry, to experience that sense of deep emotion when a proper ending has been given. The story is not all gloom and doom, although this family's struggles are real, the author was able to sprinkle a bit of humor to lighten my spirits. If you are a mother, then this wonderful book is for you. Here, in this story motherhood reigns supreme. Highly recommend.
NancyChase More than 1 year ago
There's no doubt that Motherhood excels in this story!<br/><br/>With all the struggles, pain, and heartaches that Helen endured while trying to raise 7 children in the1950's, in this story you would think that it would be a very depressing novel, but it wasn't. The author had a way of introducing humor, wit and the change of characters that you just wanted read page after page. And that's exactly what I did.<br/>If want a book that makes you think and heralds motherhood then this wonderful story is for you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Tommytown is a wonderful book with imagery that is as visually sharp as a movie; sensitive characterization; and a plot that keeps the reader enthralled right from the start. You just don¿t want to put the book down; and you don¿t want to leave the characters at the end of the story either. They are developed with an astute grasp of what inner conflicts they had to overcome as well as the tensions between characters that the author played out credibly in dialogue that reflects the time and historical setting as well as in narration. The author has a wonderful ability. He is able to transport his reader back to another time. Tommytown by Robert Saunders is a well-plotted historical adventure. Barry Foreman, the young boy in the story, escapes poverty when he is transported into his ¿dream world¿ of Cowboys and Indians; where he becomes the hero on the horse with the tin star on his vest. Thus begins the story which is a combination of drama and romance. The 1950¿s are times of turmoil in Washington County when there was no public assistance for the poor. The author¿s talent and diligent research have resulted in an exciting first novel. Robert¿s ability to combine history with an intriguing story is first rate. Mr. Saunders offers his readers a picture of life in Washington County ¿as it was¿ for the poor in the rural countryside. Barry endures one adventure after another, refusing to give in to despair. These adventures draw him closer to his brothers and sisters and together their lives are changed for the better. Saunders¿ narrative is a definite page-turner. The author moves his story forward with action and authentic dialogue. His characters are multi-dimensional and his writing is best seller quality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why you don't buy this novel! If you want to read drama, this is it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Refreshing and wonderful