In the Shape of a Man

In the Shape of a ManIn the Shape of a Man by Paul Clayton
Published by Create Space on July 8th 2013
Pages: 326
ISBN: 1490409424
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Received from GoodReads first reads giveaway.

This was a very well written book. Depressing, heartbreaking, and eye opening are words I would use to describe this wonderfully written book. In the Shape of a Man is about relationships, about responsibilities, about actions, about lack of action, about failing to act, and consequences for what we do or fail to do. It is not an easy book to read but I am glad that I read it. This book is about 2 sets of people who live on the same street. Both have preconceived notions and judgments about the other couple. Each have their own set of problems. In one home Rad and Tawny are unmarried. Rad has dreams of being a professional skateboarder. Realizing his dream wont be realized, Rad becomes involved in activism and turns to another woman. In the other home, Allen senses something is wrong but ultimately turns a blind eye to the abuse that his adopted son Reynaldo is enduring at the hand of Tina (Allen’s wife and Reynaldo’s adoptive Mother). Fearing uncomfortable consequences he prefers to stay in the dark and find solace in a bar. I wont say much more so as not to give away the rest of the book. Although painful at times to read it is a worthwhile read. Highly recommend.