Recommended Reading: Tom McNeal’s “Far, Far Away”

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All my Young Adult recommendations are accidental.  I don’t have a grudge against it or anything – more and more it’s YA that keeps my paychecks flowing – it’s just that there’s a flood of books out there to wade through.  With Becky sorting out the children’s and young adult, it’s just a sensible division of resources to stick to the adult titles and let her tell me that Au Revoir Crazy European Chick is a great boy-read.

I don’t know why I picked up Far Far Away.  Maybe the cover?  But by the time I realized I was reading a Young Adult book, I was caught.  This a modern fable that’s as charming, eerie, magical, and dangerous as you want it to be.  I also happen to love coming-of-age stories, so that’s just a bonus.  With a title and cover like that, you better bring the goods.

Tom McNeal delivers.

Sometimes avoiding something can give it more and more meaning rather than less and less.

– Jacob Grimm, Far Far Away


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