Book #36: 50 Book Challenge

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens was an impulse grab at the library one day. Still on my quest to read books by lesser known authors, the title of this one simply caught my eye.

This was essentially a story about not judging a book by its cover. More specifically, don’t judge people by what they have “supposedly” done, or by what others may say about them. The narrative starts out rather modestly – an eager university student needs to complete an assignment for his first year journalism class. His task? Interview someone and draft a mini-biography of their life. However, what starts out as an unassuming obligation soon leads to a meandering and somewhat endless series of unfortunate events.

This was definitely a read that puts life in perspective. It basically took on the persona of “the other” in that people can’t always know the demons or challenges some desperately hide from others, and how unfair it is to assume that just because anothers’ life looks put together doesn’t mean it necessarily is.

The Life We Bury was a very poignant, insightful, and honest read by a first time published author. I will certainly be looking for more books by Mr. Eskens in the future. He is a very good writer.

Next up on the book shelf: Swamp Bones by Kathy Reichs

Happy Reading!

Erica 🙂

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