Featured New Books: Without a Home and Never Again by David Sturman- Author: Susan Helene Gottfried
David Sturman dropped by not that long ago to feature his first book, Broken Son, here at West of Mars. He said back then it was the first in the trilogy, and today, to mix things up a bit, he’s back with the next two books!
Let’s just hand things right over to David, shall we?
Book 2, Without A Home
Song: Home Sweet Home, Motley Crue
This song talks about trying to get homeâ€¦something the main character just canâ€™t seem to do, or even to know where to look for it. It just might not exist at all as he finds himself bounced around the foster care system and even jail. In our heroâ€™s world, home is a four-letter-word.
Ahh, the Crue at their peak… It’s interesting to see how David sees the more ironic, cynical side of this song.
Book 3: Never Again
Song: Blaze of Glory, Jon Bon Jovi
The lyrics of this song gel with the main characterâ€™s thoughts of being a lone wolf ready to defend himself from the evil that once overpowered him, even if that means going down in a blaze of glory.
Man, that one brings back memories, too!
So. Ready to know what the books are about?
Without a Home is the second novel in a trilogy of books that follow a boy named David, and his experience with abuseâ€”and the ways in which he survives it. Without a Home chronicles Davidâ€™s teenage years as he navigates the many sides of the foster care system in Cleveland, Ohio.
The first book in the trilogy, The Broken Son, depicts Davidâ€™s life up to the age of twelve in Detroit, Michigan, where he lives with his abusive parents. He has reason to believe that they are determined to kill him. To make matters worse, David is plagued with hallucinations of an evil clown who makes his journey that much more difficult.
The trilogy concludes with Never Again, the final book in the trilogy. David, now a grown man returning from war, finds himself forced to live with his parents once more. Only this time, itâ€™s David who wants to do the killing.
Interesting, dark stuff, huh? I always wonder what degree of autobiography or metafiction we’re dealing with when the lead character has the same first name as the author. In this case, the books seem to be based on Sturman’s own life.
Pick up your copy.