Do you ever feel alone in the world, that you lack a real connection to anyone or anything? The characters in this book know that feeling. On Your Own attempts to accurately report the emotional history of a generation, examining various stages of life, from childhood to old age. In this collection of short stories and vignettes, simple, precise language is used to convey complex emotions.
Some of the themes include: a lost young man from a small town finds excitement and purpose in big, bustling Chicago; a son reluctantly decides to confront his father about a family scandal; childhood fear of school; the battles between brothers growing up; how victory and defeat are handled in competitive sports; the disappointments of career; the uneasy relationship between men and women and marriage; an old man’s struggles with loneliness and alcoholism.
The characters come to realize they are on their own in this world, and that everyone else is on their own, too.
On Your Own is a book of short stories which in the description it states that it is a collection of various stages of life.
I have to admit to not quite getting where the author was going with some of the stories. There is certainly quite a mixture of stories and characters, though two brothers, Nate and Fitz do keep popping up every so often.
The book is extremely well written and even though I did not enjoy some stories as much as others, I could not help but carry on reading. I would actually love to read a full length novel by this author as there is so much potential in this book. It felt in parts more of a notebook that an author would write down something that suddenly came to them than an actual story but saying that, overall I did enjoy it.
My favourite story had to be Mrs Dumount and The Aroused Tenant. It is a very tongue in cheek story and really did make me chuckle.
I did enjoy reading the parts to do with Nate and Fitz. The relationship between the two brothers is something that most people with siblings can relate to. The emotions and feelings that Nate in particular went through was also something I personally could relate to having an older brother.
Overall this is a fairly quick and easy read. There will certainly be stories in there that pretty much everyone can relate to. It isn’t a book that blew me away but overall it is an enjoyable read.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 3.5/5 stars.
On Your Own is available to purchase from Amazon