Writing Blind Blog Review by Traci McDonald (sent Jan 7, 2014)
Author Review: Scott Driscoll
Are Three some things worth risking everything for? Are there some things that have too high of a price? In Scott Driscoll’s Novel “Better You Go Home” he answers these questions from the viewpoint of not only a man in search of a lost home from his childhood, but lost family, history, and maybe even his own life?
The Main Character,Charles Lenoch, needs a kidney, he needs to find the truth of his father’s escape from Checkylslovakia in 1938, and he needs to find his half sister before his kindney’s fail.
As a diabetic who has gone through kidney transplant, pancreas transplant, blindness and the other trials of the disease, I connected with this character. I know the pain, struggle, exhaustion, and depression that can accompany critical and permanent illness.
While these aspects of Friscoll’s main character added urgency to the story, it was the enviroment of post communist Checkylslovakia that kept me in the story. The fear, paranoia, bitterness, and even the blooning hope felt very genuine throughout the telling of this story. The advice to go home permeated the checkylslvakian’s advice to littner. His passion to do just that while remaining in Checkylslovakia was an interesting juxta-position in the novel. Going home becomes the remaining desire of each character as they explore the true path leading them there.
Home is never so distant nor cherished as it is when you are there and still can’t find your way back to your family.
“Better you go home” is a tragic tale of loss and oppression punctuated by the deeper understanding of who and what home and family really are.