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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stockboy Nation is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and slice of life sub-genres and was penned by author Thomas Duffy. Following the events of the 2013 novel Stockboy, we find ourselves once again in the hands of Phillip Doherty. In some ways his life appears on track, a new life set out in California and a wedding somewhere on the horizon to fiancée Melissa. But when Phil’s latest novel crashes and burns, he finds himself looking back and assessing what he truly wants from life. Old flames return and new opportunities present themselves, and what follows is an introspective and thoughtful drama about the choices we make and where they lead us.
Author Thomas Duffy has crafted a superb and slow-burning dramatic novel which will certainly keep audiences emotionally engaged. One of the things which I found to be most appealing about the work was the fact that Phillip isn’t particularly special or different, and therefore many of his struggles and decisions in life are so widely relatable to other adults of his age. This emotional realism is well penned, and it is a triumph to see such open and expressive speech and thought presentation in the narrative. Though the plot is somewhat slow in the early part, as you get to know Phillip more, you go deeper into his history and psyche and find yourself reflecting on your own life choices too. Overall, I would certainly recommend Stockboy Nation for drama fans who appreciate great writing and emotional resonance.