An unemployed stay at home dad who opens the paper one morning to find he is running for congress, a young man struggling to hold onto a life that is slipping away while meeting the love of his life, and a crazy old man who couldn't care less about any of this all cross paths in Christopher Profeta's debut novel "Life in Pieces" to show that we are never to old to come of age
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"Life in Pieces" is the story of a lonely college freshman trying to reinvent himself. After years of being left behind by friends, Michael Langely finally finds a group of people he enjoys hanging out with. The problem is, he's going to end up marrying one of them, and that throws off the new ballance he's found.
"Life in Pieces" follows Michael through several stages of life as he tries to come to terms with who he is and eventually learn that he is never too old to come of age.
Review: Life in Pieces by Christopher Profeta
The novelist Christopher Profeta approached me and asked if I’d mind reviewing his novel Life in Pieces and of course, I couldn’t refuse. One because of the book’s close link to my blog title, that obviously intrigued me and also because of the synopsis which sounded really interesting and here is said synopsis:
Life in Pieces is the story of an unemployed stay at home dad who opens the paper one morning to find he is running for congress, a young man struggling to hold onto a life that is slipping away while meeting the love of his life, and a crazy old many who couldn’t care less about any of this. All these lives come gracefully together to show that we are never to old to come of age.
Short but sweet right but definitely enough to peak my interest. The idea of the three lives coming together for some reason (originally unknown) really drew me into the story and well, safe to say this novel deals with real life in a completely genuine, believable and readable way.
The book has three separate pieces I suppose, each dealing with each character and the stage of life that they’re in and each reaching their own epiphany, all of which impact upon the final outcomes. Each character seems to separate and distinct it is a bit of a strange one when the ending is revealed. However, this ending really works and makes each character seem even more and believable. The first piece about the stay at home dad who is drawn naively into politics was probably my favourite as you see how slowly the character pieces everything together and comes to his heart warming conclusion. The other pieces seem complementary to this piece but nonetheless produce a clear narrative voice for each of their leading characters.
I really enjoyed this novel it was a pleasant surprise after taking a little while to get into and for a genuine and heartwarming picture of modern life, you’re in the right place. Life is at the heart of this novel and it’s evolution and development is key.
This book is available via Amazon and is definitely one I would recommend.
Life in Pieces
Peter Kingsely's review
Mar 01, 12
5 of 5 stars
Throughout much of the first third of Life in Pieces, the reader will undoubtedly feel more than a little lost. And like life itself, by the time we get to the last third, we may have a clearer idea of what’s happening, but we likely still feel just as confused about what it all means as we did at the beginning. This is the heartbreaking truth at the center of Christopher Profeta’s stunning debut novel.
The book is made up of three stories, or “pieces,” that slowly merge into one. In the first piece, set in Detroit, Michigan during the 2010 congressional elections, an unemployed and angry stay-at-home-dad becomes an accidental candidate for office. Based, in part, on actual accounts of political trickery by the Michigan Democratic Party to place fake Tea party candidates on the ballot to draw votes away from the Republican candidate, this part of the story blends political drama and personal tragedy, as the campaign tears apart the candidate's family. The second part of the story follows a newly graduated high school student as he struggles to make friends, fall in love, and find himself at college. For these sections, Profeta shifts into a third person narrative that is at times melancholic, and at times revelatory. The final part of Life in Pieces follows a strangely peaceful and free spirited old married couple through both a first and third person narrator.
This shifting point of view is essential to the overall effect of Profeta’s work. The characters are so starkly drawn that when they all begin to cross paths and merge with each other, the reader is left wondering what exactly just happened. Strangely, however, this confusion does not get in the way of catharsis, it in fact enhances it. Life in Pieces argues that life is long and that people are ever changing, ever growing. This growth is what creates the confusion, but also what makes for the beauty of life. In this way, the book’s tagline is entirely appropriate: It is never too late to come of age.