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2018 Independent Author Network “Book of The Year Award” - Short Stories - Finalist
Throughout the weekend of his brother’s funeral, a young man reflects on life. Torment is a crashing wave of emotion. Hunter explores the dynamics of growing up as a poor minority in a small town, facing mental health conditions that most communities would rather not name, even if they could. The story steps through the tangled web of coming-of-age identity crises, complicated by society and the environment around us. Navigating through grieving and rambunctious aunts and uncles, a role model sister he rarely sees, and the ever-mounting pressure of misfortune, the young man has a very important question to answer: What is worth living for?
I love how this novella is broken up into short chapters with witty names that tie directly into the chapter. I feel that recent books never name their chapters anymore and I miss it. The author’s voice is so defined and relatable. You connect with the main character, without even knowing anything about him. From page one, he seems like a trustworthy narrator. It’s almost as if joining him for this intimate personal journey forms a connection between the reader and the narrator. I enjoyed how real and raw this book is. There aren’t enough books that talk honestly about mental health and how losing a loved one affects you.
The reason I am sharing so many quotes in this moving novella is to give you examples of the powerful emotions expressed in this young man’s journey as he navigates life growing up poor, black and mentally handicapped…he is aware, maybe more than most of us. He is given a poignant voice, even when he is dissecting everyday activities.
Even though Torment is only 126 pages, author H.D. Hunter succeeds in providing a moving story that will stay with you long after you finish reading the book.
2016-17 Reader Views Literary Awards, Short Stories, Winner
5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards, Short Stories - Winner
10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, Short Stories - Finalist
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