Early, Honey, a review by Di

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DS Getson

May 28, 2022
343 pages
Matador Books

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I often find that the books I enjoy the most are the hardest to review. I’m afraid of giving away too much but I want to express how the book left an impression on me. This is the case with Earl, Honey.

When Earl was a young boy, his father hit him on the side of the head with a board, intentionally. This resulted in what was likely a concussion and some brain damage. Earl was intellectually challenged from that young age. This is a story about Earl.

The story takes place in the 1920s. The father was a German immigrant, he had an evil mind and had no capability of showing love or understanding for his family.

We follow Earl through several life-altering tragedies. While he is simple minded, Earl is intuitive. He sees things and understands more than most people realize. And, sometimes, even more than he, himself realizes. The author created a wonderful character in Earl. Earl is kind, he loves his little sister, he wants to do the proper things.

Much of Earl’s story is heartbreaking. But, the story runs the whole circle from the most evil events to the genuine kindness that exists in this world.

It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The ending lets the reader know there is hope for the future. And, I have to admit that I might have shed a tear.

I appreciate that the author lets the reader know that Earl’s story is based on events that occurred in his family.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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