Idea/Concept: Victory offers a compelling and tender story of his relationships with his father, family, and flying. The author effectively blends memories from his own past, with biographical details from his father's storied history. What emerges is a complex portrait of a father and son whose love persists despite--and in the midst of--broken bonds and betrayals.
Prose: Victory's prose is vivid, clear, and pleasantly descriptive. The author's quest to understand his father--and to reconcile the man he knew with the one he sees suffering before him--is poignant and effectively conveyed.
Originality: Personal memoirs of family are common, but Victory's memoir stands apart through its unflinching portrayal of complicated family dynamics, mistreatment of the elderly, and the realities of the process of dying.
Execution: This work benefits from the integration of its central plane metaphor and Victory's decision to begin the memoir in a present, pivotal moment.
Date Submitted: January 30, 2020
"...Ross Victory is a talented writer. He has written a compelling page-turner in a style that is personally reflective. Victory's representation of his father bursts with love and awe. The questions of family, loyalty, honor, and truth emerge and will resonate with just about everyone. With an incredible ending that you must read to believe, this book does not disappoint."
"I’m overwhelmed by the *gorgeous* language in this book...descriptive magic that reminds me of Alice Sebold’s breathtaking phrasing. So many stellar descriptions stopped me in my tracks so that I could turn the phrasing around and around in appreciation. Very well done. As the sensory details continue to bring the story to life, we find ourselves carried along in a fine cadence, as the plot progresses well, with no lulls in the middle. There is never a weak portion of the story."
I’m J. Ross Victory, I go by Ross. Honestly, I’m many things–an author, songwriter, traveler, marketing professional, brother and friend to name a few. My artistic expressions range from free-flowing and passionate soul extensions in the written and vocal form to expressions that are intentional and designed to provoke emotional reactions.
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