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Reviewed by Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite
With the death of his wife comes a lot that Jack wasn’t prepared for, but the biggest surprise of all is the trip down Memory Lane that occurs as his wife’s keepsakes lead him to remember his past and their meeting. His life and his choices have all led to a variety of different changes. His beliefs on patronage, his life with the woman he loves, and his job are all at stake as he continues to grow, evolve, and change. But has he changed for the better? Is his life truly what he would want it to be? It will all depend on how he is able to come to terms with his role in The City by George Benda.
This book was interesting. It actually had a lot of flashbacks and then a lot of current points as well, and seemed to do a very good job with balancing them out. You always felt like you knew where you were and what was going on, and that definitely helped. It was interesting to learn about this character, and the way that the narrative went about discussing the different events was interesting as well. Rather than simply focusing on them directly, it looked at them from a more philosophical standpoint as Jack tries to understand the world around him. That really helped you to feel immersed in the story with each of the characters, from Jack and Joe to Ben and Vito and everyone else in his department (and above) in The City by George Benda.