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  • 12/2022
  • 978-1936519996
  • 234 pages
  • $14.99
Joe Pace
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Moss
Joe Pace, Author
Isaiah Moss was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His illegitimate son Oscar Kendall wasn't. Living in Isaiah's inescapable shadow, Oscar has become an inveterate quitter who hides his own literary work from the world rather than suffer the pain of failure or rejection. When Isaiah suddenly dies, Oscar inherits the old man's lakefront writing cabin in New Hampshire. There he finds his father's typewriter, a full liquor cabinet, and an unpublished manuscript of such genius that it could launch Oscar's career if he claims it as his own. But as Oscar wrestles with his own twisted inspirations, he meets the women in Isaiah's life and begins to learn the depths of his father's secrets...and the costs that come with unresolved trauma and romantic delusion.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Oscar Kendall hates his famous writer father who has just died, is a writer himself, and unexpectedly inherits a cottage. As he considers the women who have influenced him and learns about his father's relationships, he finds an unpublished manuscript and struggles with whether to accept credit for it himself. The book follows his journey in learning how to write his own story. 

Prose: The writing is smooth and often eloquent, with fine use of alliteration. References to Greek mythology and a sometimes grandiose tone can at times overwhelm the storytelling.  

Originality: The concept behind Pace's novel is an intriguing one that allows for reflection on father-son relationships, creativity, and emerging from behind another's shadow. 

Character Development/Execution: Readers may struggle to fully sympathize with the protagonist, as some of his characteristics lack originality or nuance. 

Date Submitted: April 21, 2022

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2022
  • 978-1936519996
  • 234 pages
  • $14.99

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