I finished the book and thought to myself “Why did he tell this story?” It wasn’t like he was guilty and wanted to get this secret out. He already told his wife. He wasn’t trying to blame his parents. He didn’t seem to want to explain anything. It was like he was saying “I was driving home yesterday and saw a guy walking two big dogs.”
I don’t get it.
Maybe something went over my head. Maybe this isn’t my kind of writing. Maybe I’m completely missing something. I just don’t understand this book. It wasn’t a coming of age story because Dell never has that big revelation. There’s no personality shift. He’s a static character throughout.
I wrote a lot more about the plot and my bewilderment over on my blog. If you read this book and liked it, please share what worked for you, because I did not see it.