Wanton Troopers

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The Wanton Troopers, Alden Nowlan (Gooselane)

Posthumously published novel of childhood dreams and grown-up realities

by Charlene Davis

Get past the overuse of flowery adjectives and moments where the plot skips ahead with no signal to the reader and Nowlan’s posthumously published The Wanton Troopers is a worthwhile read. Released for the first time with the final page of the original manuscript (plus interviews and a readers’ guide with an afterword by David Adams Richards), this is the tale of Kevin O’Brien, a young boy caught between the alcoholism of his abusive father, the pain and disillusionment of his mother, who was forced to grow up too soon, and a crotchety grandmother who sees the world around her as hell-bent. In the midst of this world, Kevin is on the journey from being a boy who lives half his life in a dream-world to becoming a confused but determined young man. Full of richly depicted, believable characters and moments of beauty.

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