Review of ‘The Cure’ by Athol Dickson

This is the most thought-provoking and emotionally-charged book I’ve read in a very long time. No, seriously.

Riley Keep is a homeless alcoholic who takes his friend back to their hometown in search of a cure for alcoholism. Going back home means so many things for Riley, including the potential of seeing his estranged wife and daughter, and interacting with members of the congregation he led. Gah! I so want to tell you what happens! But I can’t. That would spoil all the emotions you’ll feel when you read this.

The nuts and bolts of it were spot on: It was well written, great narrative with balanced dialogue, everything. It takes place in the fishing community of (fictional) Dublin, Maine. That was what prompted me to get this book in the first place, actually. I like reading about Maine. Being from there (Maine, not a fictional town), I was able to hear the accent Dickson successfully incorporated.

You’d be crazy not to read this. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 billion stars. Buy it here.

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