Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Raising John - Book Review

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Book Synopsis:

How do you go on living when you have done the unforgivable? Raising John tells the story of John, an orphan who misses the mother he barely knew, and Robert, the privileged middle-aged alcoholic responsible for her death.

When we meet John, he is just beginning to understand that his mother is never coming back. As he grows up under the care of his maternal grandmother, she does the best she can for him while confronting her own guilt over her daughter's past. Just as John is on the cusp of manhood, he must confront his mother's death anew and question everything he has come to believe about himself and the people he loves.

Robert's story opens as he wakes up in the drunk tank, assuming that, as usual, he'll dry out, get a slap on the wrist, and go home. The law has other plans for him. He is sentenced to 4 years in state prison for the death of John's mother. His incarceration begins a journey that will have a profound effect on not only himself, but on the life of the little boy he orphaned and on the legacy of the young mother who died.

My Review:

Written by author Jennifer Lesher, Raising John tells of a child named John who grows up with his grandmother because his biological mother was killed in a drunk driving accident. Although John is the main focus of the storytelling, the book is written more about John's mother and her upbringing. It also tells of the man who killed her, and his struggle with alcoholism. Robert's life was one of pampering and getting what he wanted, while Mary dealt with hardships early on in life. After reading about Robert and Mary's discipline and teachings in life, their worlds collide when Robert kills Mary and leaves her child behind. It's a sobering story that draws you in and grips your emotions.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the review. I'm happy to answer any questions your readers might have. Jennifer Lesher

Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed 'Raising'! John