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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Long Night’s End is a work of fiction in the literary, dramatic fiction, and emotional writing subgenres, and was penned by author James Rodgers. The work is intended for the mature general reading audience and contains some moderate content that would be suitable for mature YA readers upwards and some complex adult themes. Our protagonist is Johnny Gunn, who features at the center of a maelstrom of emotions concerning his family and the fellow bandmates of his rock group. Set in and around New York City, the work deals with extreme emotions, alcohol reliance, and PTSD, as well as the redeeming and healing power of family.
Author James Rodgers has crafted an emotionally charged work of fiction with plenty of wit, charm, realism, and deep moments to offer readers. In terms of its presentation of character, I found that the use of close narration created a deeper emotional resonance with everyone in the tale, and the sensitivities toward the different issues which each figure is working on were deeply considered and accurately portrayed on the page. Another feature that I really enjoyed was how intricately woven New York was into the tale, both vibrant and tragic, full of hope but also deeply damaged by the 9/11 attacks. It’s details such as these that make the novel feel rich and complete, with characters you know so well by the end that they could be family of your own. Overall, I would highly recommend Long Night’s End to fans of poignant character studies, beautifully penned literary works, and for fans of modern American fiction everywhere.