Tumbleweed and Dreams

Fiction - Cultural
208 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2021
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Tumbleweed and Dreams is a slice of life novel by T. P. Graf centered around the lives of the inhabitants of an unincorporated community in Texas. Inspired by the movie Dancer, Texas, Jaime Cruz leaves his home in California and moves to find shelter in an apartment owned by Fort Davis resident Chuy Cardona. The Cardona family quickly embraces Jaime as one of their own and provides him with a guitar while Jaime finds work on a tomato farm. As the years pass by, Jaime incorporates himself seamlessly into the community of Fort Davis, making some lifelong friends, and finding joy in the beauty of the rugged terrain and music. Over the years, he learns the power of forgiveness and finds strength in the companionship of his friends.

Tumbleweed and Dreams is the perfect embodiment of how kindness shown by strangers can change the trajectory of a person's life and give him purpose. T. P. Graf's novel is a heartwarming tale of a group of people helping each other let go of their past and start over. The characters are likable and down-to-earth people who are easily relatable. I particularly liked the characters of Ernesto and Billy. Being a slice of life story, the pacing of the narrative is deliberately slow but engaging nonetheless. I found the songs sung by Jaime throughout the book mesmerizing, adding much-needed ambiance to the story. Overall, I had a great time reading Tumbleweed and Dreams, and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy stories set in small towns.