Aftermath

East Breed s Pennsylvania, is the sort of blue collar town that simmers with barely concealed prejudices One Friday night, in the parking lot of a chain restaurant, a brutal fight breaks out between the privileged boys from St Brendan s and a group of kids from the local high school Casey Fielder, the restaurant s manager, watches the melee but does nothing to stop itEast Breed s Pennsylvania, is the sort of blue collar town that simmers with barely concealed prejudices One Friday night, in the parking lot of a chain restaurant, a brutal fight breaks out between the privileged boys from St Brendan s and a group of kids from the local high school Casey Fielder, the restaurant s manager, watches the melee but does nothing to stop it When the fight ends, Colin Chase, a handsome, cocky St Brendan s student, is severely brain damaged Haunting and heartbreaking, Aftermath portrays the lasting effects of that night Casey loses his job and is determined to discover what led to the fight Lea, Colin s mother, hopes to reclaim her remote and defiant son And both of them are drawn to a girl who seems to have played a larger role in Colin s life than anyone knew.
Aftermath East Breed s Pennsylvania is the sort of blue collar town that simmers with barely concealed prejudices One Friday night in the parking lot of a chain restaurant a brutal fight breaks out between t

  • Title: Aftermath
  • Author: Brian Shawver
  • ISBN: 9781400079872
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Aftermath”

    1. So here's the situation: complete nerd restaurant owner loses his job after boys from two local high schools square off in the restaurant parking lot. The brawl leaves one of the boys brain damaged. While this could make for a great story, it fell short. There was a plot there, but it never seemed to materialize, and I think it was in part to the weakness of the characters. Somehow, they all felt very flat, forced, or unreal. It's pretty difficult for me to get into it when the people I'm readin [...]

    2. A surprisingly good obscure novel by a lesser known author. Shawver is a creative writing instructor at Missouri State University, or was as of the book's publication in 2006.

    3. A lot goes wrong for the characters in this book. It left a strange after-taste (the aftermath of Aftermath?).

    4. I read this book in a day, distracted only by the Patriots game and making dinner. I had grabbed it off the shelf impulsively, with no expectations, knowing only that the main character was castigated for not reporting a beating that he saw in progress. I had a hard time putting it down.Make no mistake, this isn't a book that leaves you all warm and fuzzy. It's one of those books that leaves you shaking your head, and one you want someone else to read right away so you can talk about it.After ju [...]

    5. I've never read Russell Banks' Affliction, but this book reminded me a lot of Banks' The Sweet Hereafter. (In fact, I could have sworn I saw the comparison somewhere, but endless Googling tells me I must be crazy. I probably saw Banks' name and linked it to his other novel.) Shawver's novel seemed like a more modern telling of The Sweet Hereafter, which explores a town's emotions after a bus crash kills or injuries many of their children. In Aftermath, the town boys are divided and fight in a lo [...]

    6. When Casey Fielder, manager of the local O’Ruddy’s restaurant, allows a fight between the privileged St. Brendan’s kids and those from the public high school to escalate, his inaction puts him at risk of being charged with negligence. As a result of the fight, Colin Chase has suffered brain damage. Shawver alternates between Casey and Colin’s mother Lea as they both investigate the circumstances behind the fight. Casey has been fired and in exploring the reasons for the fight hopes to fi [...]

    7. In Chapter 1-7 It was January. Casey likes hardwork he's proud of his job. He loves Friday nights because more people come and he feels happy having alot of people. He onwens a restaurant called O'Ruddy's. Man I couldn't believe when I read that people were allowed to smoke in his restaurant. They gain 8 thousand dollars on evenings. Casey allways followed the manager notebook. I think his really diligent in this chapter. i TOO FOUND OUT THAT HE PUTS GOLD BOND just to not smell Sweaty, THAT'S GO [...]

    8. I couldn't bring myself to finish this. The reason I gave it three stars is because of the beginning. Despite a powerful start, Aftermath drags on and, for long stretches, gives the reader nothing of real substance. These parts consist of long repetitive emotional drawl. Truthfully, I stopped reading this book a long time ago, and forgot about it. The three are basically for the visual appeal and the interesting teaser.

    9. This book was interesting and written fairly well. The only reason that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped was due to the extremely long and slow beginning. Aftermath was a book of tragedy and hope but started off immensely boring. Maybe it was due to the environment in which I was reading but I had a hard time getting into this book and therefore rate it around two, maybe three stars.

    10. This book was very complicated, lots of moral issues to ponder. There were no good guys, but there were people trying to do the right thing. It's a good book to read and then argue about with someone else

    11. I couldn't find a single likeable character in this entire book. Not one. And, the slight twist that you find out towards the end kind of cheapens the story and makes it seem less realistic. Yet, somehow I enjoyed it. I liked the writing and the way the story was told by different POVs.

    12. This book was ridiculously boring. I would recommend this book to anyone who has too much time on their hands. It was a slow pace for me and not my type of story. It is a typical predictable story. All of the characters.

    13. Ive learn the main topic of the story, who's the main charecter and the bad guy good guy thing. i like the book so far it really interesting.

    14. Compelling story, but a weak and contrived premise that created a major flaw. The further away I got from the book after I finished it, the less I liked it!

    15. A parking lot fight at a chain restaurant in a small Pennsylvania town provides the backdrop to look at how the outcome affects various characters. A very good read.

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