I received this book as part of Rosie Amber‘s Book Review Team.
The Road to Yesterday – Randy Mixter – 4 stars
This little novella was an absolute heart-breaker.
A contemporary with an edging of what I would call magic realism, we follow our protagonist, Dave Burke, who is living with not only terrible loss but the guilt that he did nothing to prevent it.
This very much character-oriented story is told sensitively with graceful flashbacks and an accessible writing style. That said, what really makes this story is the characters.
Mixter’s characters feel so credible despite the short space into which they’re written – it’s a real treat to become so invested in Dave’s life that you begin to view even the more minor characters as real.
My main issue was that I wanted a little more background information; I’d have loved to hear more about how Tom and Dave became close, and I desperately wanted to know more about his relationship with his family. Not that it wasn’t poignant as it was; I just wanted to understand their interaction on a slightly deeper level. In all fairness though, when the only criticism is a request for more, you know you’re doing something right!
This story is surprising and original – a real ‘think-outside-of-the-box’ piece of literature that both moved me to tears and had me grinning from ear to ear.
Four stars, Mr Mixter, and I plan on reading more of your work.
If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.