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5 stars for Reflections on the Boulevard by LJ Ambrosio #fiction #dramaticfiction #roadtrip



Title: Reflections on the Boulevard

Author: LJ Ambrosio

Genre: Dramatic Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction


Book Blurb:


Michael's story continues from A Reservoir Man (2022) where we find him teaching at a university ready to retire. He unexpectedly meets a young man named Ron who becomes his protege and journeys in a haphazard adventure with him throughout America and Europe in Michael's final journey in life, each twist and turn of the road bringing unexpected adventures. The journey taken is one of joy, friendship and discovery.


My Review:


A book that takes the reader in. You are along for the ride on this journey, and you will feel better after. Michael on the ferry makes on immediately think of Juke Box Hero by Foreigner. The line, 'Thought he saw his own shadow by the backstage door', that is exactly what happens to Michael when he spots the young man standing by the railing of the ferry.


The road trips are so essentially Michael that this just almost fully defines this book. If one could take a road trip with your younger self, it would pretty much go like this one. In so many ways the living pinball that is Michael is represented by the early pinball that is Ron. This is a road trip to discover America. This is a road trip to discover what life is. This is a road trip to self-discovery. This is the road trip for the soul of both travelers.


The day of reckoning here is very important. A day of reckoning can mean many things to many people. Expectations and assumptions can carry the weight of the world. This book may simply teach people to temper their expectations. Truly one can only know oneself wholly. It is therefore unfair to place assumptions on another no matter how well meaning.


A much stronger work than the first book. This book will mean more to a reader who has read A Reservoir Man. It will be intriguing to see how a third book of this trilogy works. Thoughtful and well written. This book is a must read for the LGBQ community.


My Rating: 5 stars


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Author Biography:


Louis J. Ambrosio ran one of the most nurturing bi-coastal talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. He started his career as a theatrical producer, running two major regional theaters for eight seasons. Ambrosio taught at 7 Universities. Ambrosio also distinguished himself as an award-winning film producer and novelist over the course of his impressive career.


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Reviewed by: Mr. N

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