Friday, October 21, 2011

Call Me When You Land, Michael Schiavone (5 stars): Just Released Today!

I reviewed this wonderful novel for Rebeccas Reads back in July. Today is the official release date and it's finally available to the public.

You can read my complete review here. An excerpt (as used on Michael Schiavone's website):

"Schiavone spins a heartbreaking tale of alcohol, drugs and self-destruction. What this author does so well is build a framework, revealing pieces of the characters’ backgrounds in digestible amounts. Just when I thought I knew a character, the author dug deeper. There was rarely a wasted word, and that’s the highest compliment I can give as a reader. Beautifully written and well-edited, the author reels you in with methodical care. There is no time to come up for air, and you don’t want to. It’s gripping and real, but there’s hope. Lesser characters would have been crushed by their circumstances, but Schiavone gives his an impressive strength to endure. I highly recommend adding this book to your must-read list. I only wish I could borrow Schiavone’s mastery of language long enough to compel you to read Call Me When You Land."

Don't just take my word for it. The New York Journal of Books says:

“The subject matter of Call Me When You Land might seem dark and depressing, but it’s not. It’s funny and human and real. The author writes his characters so well that he makes you want to reach out and shake some sense into them as they struggle with day-to-day crap. Michael Schiavone’s novel will cause you to wince and laugh and—if you have a beating heart—actually shed a tear here and there as you follow this bumpy family drama.”

This novel is for anyone who wants real characters who face obstacles with bravery but falter along the way. They are real, and they give us hope.

A must-read, 5 stars.

You can find the book at Amazon, or visit the author's website highlighted above. Enjoy, and as always, please share any new books (particularly indie or small press) you've heard about or read lately.