For two decades Tyler Gibbons has been keeping a secret from his family. At the tender age of sixteen, Tyler embarks on a student exchange program. Sent to the Andean city of Ambato, Ecuador, he finds daily adventure as he tries to fit in at school, connect with his host family, and navigate through a world of beaches, volcanoes, and jungles. But tucked deep inside this year are events so profound, so unexpected, they forever shape the man he will become. Now, 25 years later, his mother pulls these soaring tales from her son, exposing, for the first time, the source of a deep unhappiness. While these memories contain the wounds of an unresolved past, they also possess the power to heal his painful present. Thoughtfully crafted and boldly told, Tyler’s journey takes the reader on a wild South American adventure, while illuminating a mother’s unyielding power to heal her child.
This book is really hard to put down. You get caught up in the emotions and angst of Tyler’s life and relationships. It’s an awesome story about an adult child looking back on his life and re-connecting with his mother. Her illness causes him to face the mortality of life and by looking back plus sharing somethings with his mother that aren’t easy to reminisce about, he completes his circle of life. I highly recommend this book and I’m really glad I took the time to read it.
Meet the Author:
Randy Anderson is a novelist and playwright. His first book was published in 2011. On Making Off recounted his adventures running The Beggars Group, a downtown theater company that produced over two dozen productions at the turn of the millennium. He is also the author of several plays including; Kill the President, The Dwelling, and Yippie! Randy currently lives in Brooklyn where he writes, reasons, and reacts. You can contact him at http://www.onmakingoff.com, or on twitter @onmakingoff. Find the author on: Facebook / Twitter / Literary Addicts / Goodreads / Website