ANOTHER 5 STAR REVIEW FOR THE KING OF PACOIMA ON AMAZON...
It is particularly satisfying when someone not only likes the book, but really understands the relationship between the story (writing), the layout, the cover image, and the images in the book, and how they all interconnect and inform the feeling of the piece.
The Kindle eBook Version and the Paperback are now linked on the same page on Amazon.
"5.0 out of 5 stars October 7, 2014
By Josephine Smithyman (Inverness, Scotland, GB)
This review is from: The King of Pacoima (Paperback)
In The King of Pacoima, David Mickey Evans, with a deceptively easy flow and rhythm captures the innocence and pain of a childhood. This profoundly touching book will resonate with everyone who grew up. And especially those who grew up not only with the fear of "bad things" in the outside world, but the even greater terror within what should have been the safe sanctuary of home. Two little boys, brothers, trapped in a home with the "King", the stepfather who dominated cruelly their young lives, create an imaginary world and plan their ultimate escape. The photos and illustrations depict a suburban 'sixties family; smiling, on road trips, holidays, beloved dogs. And then there are the captions: "Mom. Doing her best", "First Trip to the Emergency Room" and the bewildered, child's eyes in "In trouble again without Knowing Why" that reveal the dark reality. It's a miracle that any child survives and overcomes the emotional and/or physical abuse and neglect they suffer at the hands of adults, but many do; the sinister, rumbling threat, encapsulated in the sound of jazz for these children, was still not powerful enough to extinguish their warmth and capacity to love. For adults and readers from fourteen years of age this book will become a treasured classic, a great acquisition for all high school libraries."
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