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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“I don’t know about this house. It’s old, the floor creaks up here, and sags in places. It’s the second floor, and there’s no window. There’s no window so there’s no moon. I can’t hear any crickets. There’s a window in the hallway, though. A minute ago I got out of bed and went into the hall to look at the moon and there was a cat sitting in a pothole down on the road, under the light of the telephone pole, staring up at me.” Thirteen-year-old orphan Jobeus has been at the Hawses' foster home for a week. Everything is strange; the house, the old man Charlie, the cat out in the pothole, and voices of old ladies laughing in the walls. Jobeus is also having trouble sleeping. Something is happening to him – he just keeps thinking and thinking.
I Shall Be Gone is surprisingly and dangerously addictive – a unique and brave novel, all the more admirable with Richard Ferrara’s writing style that is simple yet elegant, as well as undeniably immersive. The narrative of Jobeus is charming, funny, at times poetic and attentive. All the drama and involuntary comedy of the beginning of adolescence are brilliantly crafted. That being said, this is not another one of those coming of age stories. This is more than that and perhaps the best kind of contemporary fiction. It is complex and would easily persuade anyone to have some deep inner reflection. I Shall Be Gone is definitely a novel for readers to savor and enjoy.