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He is a best-selling writer who received a huge advance for a three book deal. Now, if he does not produce a book, he must return the advance I found myself unable to put this book down, the twists and turns where woven seamlessly into the plot. Now, if he does not produce a book, he must return the advance. After returning from a torturous meeting with his agent, he finds his wife leaving him.

His agent suggests counselling and as he wants to win his wife back, he agrees. Jack has to examine his relationship with his parents and find out why his sister Billie, left home suddenly when he was a child. To get to the truth Jack needs to face the things that scare him most. He must dig and dig, until he has uncovered every last detail.

Will Jack be able to get past the things he discovers and return to normal life? Or will the past destroy him? Oct 28, Patrick Brigham rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Writers and thoughtful readers. I know that many readers in the US object to wordy books and over descriptive text, but I am an Englishman and I haven't lost my patience nor my taste for suspense.

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Bill Cronin has written a book which as writers, we all have to love, because it is about a writer and the familier dilemma's many of us face in life, which - in the case of Jack McNamara - is writer's block. But it is more than that, because his problem stems from his childhood and the many influences that his family and his past ha I know that many readers in the US object to wordy books and over descriptive text, but I am an Englishman and I haven't lost my patience nor my taste for suspense.

But it is more than that, because his problem stems from his childhood and the many influences that his family and his past have had on this fiction writer, to strangle the muse and whilst at it, to put the final mockers on a onetime successful marriage. This book travels backwards and forwards from to , from childhood to the middle age of this successful fictional author, who mind locked, has to comb through the ambiguities of his early life which somehow mirrors the life of Ernest Hemmingway, his death by suicide and a writer who Jack greatly treasures.

Bill Cronin meticulously retraces the life of this troubled author and finally discovers the source of his problem as being his unimaginative and hard nosed father, with whom he has always had a love hate relationship. Beautifully written and thoughtfully constructed, this is a book designed for writers of all genres and intelligent readers alike! Jun 07, Bryan D. Isn't there a famous saying about all unhappy families? Boy does this book reek of unhappy families, but why has Jack McNamara hit a brick wall and been unable to write even a sentence.

At the lowest point in his descent into the depression his father foretold, Jack is saved from himself by an unwitting Highway Patrolman. Lots of local Florida color bring light to what could be a very depressing story as Jack swings back and forth between the present and one summer in his earl 49 of 75 for Lots of local Florida color bring light to what could be a very depressing story as Jack swings back and forth between the present and one summer in his early teens--the summer he met his half-sister, met a young girl, fell in love for the first time, and then lost it all.

Now looking back he blames his long-dead mother for all of his misery, and his shrink suggests he get to the bottom of that anger. His father, however, refuses to help him, telling him to stop being a wimp and, in essence, man up. After all, way back when father told him he would end up this way if he insisted on being a writer. There's a lot of misery to get through in this book, but thanks to Cronin's excellence as a writer, the reader doesn't get lost in the despair of the characters.

I found this book very hard to put down, and actually finished it in one reading. Now I want more of Jack McNamara's story. Jun 07, Yvonne Crowe rated it it was amazing. I was transported by Bill Cronin's writing, feeling I had stepped back in time when I read this book. He captivated me from the first chapter with his beautiful prose and I could not put the book down until I had finished it In fact so captivated by the spell he was weaving that I found myself re-reading parts so I could lose myself in the lyrical style of this gifted and talented writer. He belongs up there with the literary giants and I am sure he will soon be picked up by one of the giant tra I was transported by Bill Cronin's writing, feeling I had stepped back in time when I read this book.

He belongs up there with the literary giants and I am sure he will soon be picked up by one of the giant traditional publishers. They would be crazy to miss the chance. The main character in this book idolizes Ernest Hemingway whose writing his creative mother has introduced him to and I found myself wondering if he had reincarnated into the body of this author, hopefully without his tormented persona. The compelling story would make a great movie and the clarity of his writing would make a screenplay a snip.

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Oct 16, Joe Perrone Jr rated it really liked it. I had never heard of author Bill Cronin until I saw a post by him on Twitter. After reading the description for Song of the Mockingbird, I was so intrigued that I bought the book. I am so glad that I did. This is a solid examination of the life issues conflicting author Jack McNamara so completely that he cannot write a single syllable, even though faced with a deadline for a contracted book that would cost him a million dollars should he fail to meet it.

As an author myself, I was able to ident I had never heard of author Bill Cronin until I saw a post by him on Twitter. As an author myself, I was able to identify with McNamara's plight, as I, too, have often been "blocked" by life issues of my own less the million dollar incentive, of course. Author Cronin writes beautifully, with a deft touch for dialogue that is so often missing in today's works.

This universal story of a dysfunctional family is moving and insightful - and especially relevant in today's changing social climate. Great work, Mr.

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May 22, Joanie rated it it was amazing. I didn't want it to end. I read daily for years and this is the first book to capture my own feelings precisely. It is beautifully written with captivating characters who take you on an emotional roller coaster of emotions.

I seldom read a book twice, but this one I will. Do yourself a favor and read a book that defies a review it deserves! Incredible in every way. Dec 30, Kelli Knight rated it liked it. There are parallels to Hemingway in this story, that sneak up on the reader and go beyond the obvious passages directly in the book. The end is sewn up a bit too neat and quickly, but at the same time I was glad to see the journey come to a close for the writer.

May 02, Pxipenguin rated it it was amazing. A good story and a good read The fear of the main character is that his life is like Hemmingway's and in many ways it is.


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But after a struggle spanning twenty years he is finally able to write again.

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