Scott Alt is a convert to the Catholic Church, Benedictine oblate, and aspiring writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds an M.A. degree in English literature and formerly worked as a composition instructor and part-time book editor. Presently he works for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and is pursuing his love of writing and apologetics through blogging. When not working at these pursuits, he is actively involved in the Knights of Columbus and on the RCIA team at his parish. He is also an avid bowler. Scott believes strongly in the power of reason and the written word to reach souls for Christ.
You can link to my blog \"Logos and Muse\": http://www.logosandmuse.com.
Among the many splendidly unusual things about Brian Doyle’s debut novel, he makes you feel sympathy for a father who beats his son. I would not have imagined this to be a sympathy I was capable of having, but Doyle brought it out of me, and with a spareness and brevity that was stunning.
In the space of just a single paragraph, early in the novel, Doyle describes not just the savagery of these beatings but the emotions of the father: “When the father is exhausted from beating the boy he goes out on the porch and sobs with great silent wracking sobs. ... The father feels twisted and foul.&rdqu...
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