The Buried Book. Finished 7-26-17, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2016
When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he’s left on his uncle’s farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible.
It’s 1952, and Jasper isn’t allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He’s lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle’s good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she’s coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.
As he’s drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother—and now it’s chasing him too. from Goodreads
Unabridged audio read by Luke Daniels. 12 hours 1 minute.
Poor Jasper has been abandoned by both his alcoholic mom and dazed father and he’s left at the doorstep of his uncle out in the country. Life on the farm with his aunt, uncle and cousin is hard, but full of support. Jasper has a good life but cannot let go of the memory of his mother. He tries to find her, but falls into one dangerous predicament after another. Jasper is a tough kid and a smart 9 year old.
I liked the slow moving story set in 1950’s Michigan. It has a real sense of place and the mystery of Jasper’s mother moved the story along until the shocking, but appropriate end. I liked this second book by local Cleveland author, D.M. Pulley.