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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Singer at Penn Station: A Script Based on a True Story by Josephine deBois is filled with drama, intelligently written and exciting, to say the least. Sergeant Samuel is downgraded and he finds himself working with Huang in the traffic control department. It is at Penn Station that he encounters Olis, the illegal Italian street singer with no memory of his past. The decision to help the young Italian with sparkling eyes leads him into a complex case of abuse involving the Vatican. He is about to unravel disturbing facts about abuse by top Vatican officials and how such abuses drive innocent, loving people crazy. Now, Samuel is in a dilemma, torn between exposing a power-hungry top abuser in the Vatican and holding his peace.
Josephine deBois has written a book that is gripping, a huge promise for a motion picture. The dialogues are awesome, filled with drama and beautiful descriptions. The author creates strong visuals in the minds of readers, thanks to the power of the descriptive prose and notes that accompany the dialogues. Here is one of the images, one that brings the reader into contact with a key character: “In a side hallway to the main shopping is Olis (about thirty-five; very slim and fragile due to years of malnutrition; Italian; dark hair; sparkling eyes; carrying a filthy hat and suit; overcoming all fragility and exhaustion with the power, inspiration, and total devotion to the music).”
The Singer at Penn Station is a satirical drama that indicts those who use religious power for personal aggrandizement, and how relevant the message of this book is! It comes at a time when there is a lot of talk about abuse by the clergy. Josephine deBois’ work is entertaining and highly revelatory of the nasty things happening behind the scenes in unexpected places; it’s a drama on abuse, greed, and the lust for power and what these do to innocent, loving, and trusting souls.