The Flawed Ones by Jay Chirino

Jay has landed in a psychiatric ward.  Years of drinking and drug use bring him to this breaking point, but luckily not the end.  In fact, more than one voice on the ward reminds him that this is an opportunity.  He has potential.  He has love inside him, love that isn’t destroyed, that can enlist to rebuild what he broke down in other relationships.  He sees himself in others around him, in Devon’s smile he sees hope, in Callie’s cynicism he sees what he needs to overcome, in Bob, a faith that remains despite doubt, in Jerry, friendliness, and in Tara, innocence.  These characters are reflections of himself as well as whole in themselves.  In their company he’s able, finally, to tell his story, to share what it is he wants to accomplish, that for so long seemed impossible.  With their accompaniment, he beats the broken clock staring at him throughout the book – he gets to go home.  And now, we get to listen, too.  Whether or not we have gone through similar struggles, this read will give insight into the human condition, that which is common to us all.  With Jay’s empathy and candor, not to mention his poetic turns of phrase, I am inspired to mold beauty out of tragedy (180), watch sunsets, and never give up.  Thank you, Jay, for sharing.   author site

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Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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