Off the Shelf: My Favorite Recent Read (Book Review)
In the last twelve months, I've read the entire Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, Dan Brown's entire Robert Langdon series, The Hobbit (again!), The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, The Maze Runner Series, The Giver and Gathering Blue, The Cuckoo's Calling, The Casual Vacancy, and countless other popular and not so popular books. I read some non-fiction and even Billy Crystal's autobiography Still Foolin' Em. Some were on the N.Y. Times Best Seller list, others were self-published and offered on Amazon for 99 cents. There was even a Harlequin Romance novel or two thrown in just for fun. In other words, with my sons getting older, I suddenly had the time to read again!
However, there was one book in particular that stands out because it really took me by surprise and quickly drew me into the world of its characters and their struggles. In the debut novel, The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth: A Story of Love, Gerry Pirani takes readers into the world of three young men struggling with their identities, spirituality, and sexuality. I was immediately drawn into the plight of each character. Their remarkable journey will have you re-evaluating your own life and demons. The story will take you from the farmlands of Kenya, through the nightlife of Europe, to the college town of Boston, and into the Plains of Montana.
This book does deal with adult issues and, therefore, is being marketed to those 18 and older. There are a few homosexual love scenes that not all readers will be comfortable with. However, they make up a small percentage of the book. The gay relationship in the story really serves as a fascinating context in which to explore human sexuality, domestic violence, and mental health.