Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Front Porch Prophet by Raymond L. Atkins

I love good Southern literature.  It draws you in, makes you laugh and cry, and tells a great story.  The Front Porch Prophet is good Southern literature.  It weaves a heart-warming and heart-wrenching story about two men, A.J. and Eugene, best friends since Kindergarten.  They have led incredibly different lives and found themselves estranged when tragedy brings them back together.  The story of their friendship, their lives and the lives of those around them is told with humor and compassion.  Thank you Barnes & Noble for offering this as a Free Friday selection--I absolutely loved this book.

A.J. is a good guy-- he loves his wife and children, has a good relationship with his father and a good job at the mill.  He's got a few shadows in his past, but he's really as good as they come.  His best friend, Eugene, chose another path.  He's divorced and basically estranged from his wife and children.  He pays his support late as a matter of principle.  He runs an illegal boot legging operation and beer joint, but he's a good and loyal friend.  When Eugene asks A.J. to visit him after not speaking to each other for three years, A.J. comes but has no idea how his world is about to be changed.

The story is compelling and well-written with likable and entertaining characters.  I really enjoyed the dialogue and interaction between the various characters.  I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story.

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