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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried by Richard Siciliano is an interesting, character-driven story with strong social themes. Meet Frank Hutchison, aka Peter Sanchez, a sophisticated character with powerful dreams. Frank knows nothing about his father or his ancestors from his father’s side. But he is inspired by a legendary blues singer of the 1920’s who shares the same name as him. He dreams of becoming a baseball player or a historian, but the military draft and the Vietnam War loom ahead and Frank knows it could halt everything he ever dreamed about. Seized by a powerful idea, he convinces his friends to move with him to the hinterland where they can find peace and experience what he calls the “Experiment,” a new form of life. Thus begins an adventure that will test their ability to live together and to deal with drug dependency. It is interesting to follow the compelling characters and Frank’s adventures with growing marijuana and the drama of it all.
Richard Siciliano writes a beautiful story and creates characters that are real and that readers will easily identify with. The writing is strong and I enjoyed how the author weaves humor into it. Perhaps humor is the most powerful spice of this narrative. Frank is a sophisticated character and the conflict — especially the internal conflict — develops around his sense of identity. We encounter someone who strives to define himself in a world he doesn’t recognize. Interpersonal relationships are well handled and they are at the heart of the conflict that moves the narrative forward. Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried is engaging and the author’s unique turn of phrase showcases the humor brilliantly. It is a fun read.