When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.
It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.
As he's drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother - and now it's chasing him too.
©2016 D. M. Pulley (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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I thought The Dead Key was one of the best books I had read by this author, at least until I read this one. This story was complicated, and intricate to the point I worried how she was going to keep it all straight. She did and the results were a story that should taken to the screen. There was mystery, intrigue, ignorance, compassion, tension and fear. The author took the listener to a time in American life that anyone over the age of fifty can identify with but those under fifty can learn and be entertained. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. I will warn some that there is some child abuse in the story but it is an integral part of the story and could not be written out without the story suffering. The writer is adept in her inclusion that you understand why and how these things happened in fifties America. It went on it is necessary that we always be aware of some of the darker areas of our history.
Luke Daniels strikes again. He brought the book to life without being intrusive. I was hardly aware that he was there because the story was so intense. His performance was outstanding.
"Wonderful historical mystery!"
DM Pulley's second book does not disappoint. Her first book, the historical mystery The Dead Key, came as a complete surprise. The Buried Book is completely different, but just as good. In 1952 nine year old Jasper Leary has seemingly been abandoned by his mother Athea who leaves him with her brother and his family. The novel is about the hardships Jasper faces as he searches for his mother. Luke Daniels narrates brilliantly as did Emily Sutton-Smith with The Dead Key. DM Pulley is an author worth watching. Brilliance Audio deserves credit for their outstanding selection of narrators for her two audiobook novels.
I recommend this book and this author.
"this is a very difficult book to read."
this book captures the idea of a nine-year-old caught in difficulties too great for him to understand. it is hard to read how there are no really good people in this story. except of course for the nine-year-old. I would not recommend this book to anyone under 18 years old. it is it is unremittingly hard to handle. the author has done a great job of showing what a nine-year-old might be like in horrible horrible horrible situations. as a book it fails , but as a character study it is without peer.
"Where to even begin?"
It's said during certain times and extraordinary circumstances children must grow up too soon. They leave behind the days of youthful play and carefree thoughts and must confront unpleasant, wrenching, mind-bending, truths of the present that blend with nightmares of the past. Such are the heartbreaking days that await nine-year old Jasper Leary as he awakens in a world where everything makes sense and falls asleep in a world where nothing will ever be the same.
The next two years are rife with confusion, fear, sorrow, danger, and dashed hopes as Jasper builds a new life utilizing enough courage and fortitude to weather and eventually find a twisted road home.
His terrifying experiences will remain with you. The author paints vividly allowing us to accompany this exceptional child on his journey. The narrator skillfully distinguishes voices so we know the speakers without attributions. The story begins with an air of anticipation and soars to an unrelenting intensity you cannot escape.
You don't want to pass on this one.
loved it. narrative was done quite well, and made listening quite easy. Not for a weak minded or sheltered personality.
I really liked the way the book was organized . Each chapter asks and answers a question. One of my favorite listens.
"Skeletons in the closet"
How the little boy discovered truth about his mother.
Because Jasper was always getting into trouble for his desire to find out the truth about his mom
He brought the characters to life by giving them each their own distinctive way of talking
Yes. It was very enjoyable and was easy to listen to
The book had an intriguing premise, but took FOREVER to get to a predictable and depressing ending. The young protagonist goes through a series of near-miss accidents, each more improbable than the last, in the pursuit of what he seeks, but is so petulant and repetitive that it's impossible to invest in his journey. It was a tedious listening experience.
Becomes rather tedious and is too long. Too many characters. Really don't feel it's worth the time.
"The Book should not have been buried!"
This book came alive for me in the narrators performance and the authors words. I could picture what the boy, Jasper, and his cousin, Wayne or uncle Leroy or Wendall, his father were doing - as I understood things that had occurred when my mom was first born WAY BACK THEN!!
A lot of the situations were "taboo" and dared not be spoken aloud back. Some of those very things happen today with the same reactions to people around them. Women have come a long way since 1928. I didn't realize that heroine was even a societal problem in the USA back then. Racial inequities and racism existed and seemed to condoned at the time this book is centered around.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! It kept me riveted listening at work, while driving or falling asleep. Definitely a book to share and talk about with friends. DM Pulley did a wonderful job! Thank you!! Jmw
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