Length - 216 Pages
Star Rating - 5
Dog Bone Soup is the story of Shawn Daniels, a dirt poor American Kid whose focus is his younger siblings and his forever struggling mother. He protects his siblings from the devastating reality that his father is a drunk who drowns the family's income on his addiction.
Reading Dog Bone Soup is hard, yet equally addictive. You find yourself forever pining for Shawn and his family, unable to put the story down. Each page draws to the ever increasing reality of where the book begins; Shawn will eventually leave to enlist in the military.
Set in the late fifties after the introduction of television into the family home, Shawn and his siblings find their deserved childhood in games made up on the family's property. There's an innocence about the children in their daily lives, however it is fraught with the overshadowing cloud of the very grown up truth that awaits them at home.
Shawn's mother files for divorce, and it isn't until he confronts his father that Shawn really proves he has become the man of the house. He has no reservations; no hesitation. He has to take on this role and ensure his family survives, one bowl of dog bone soup at a time.
Shawn's story focuses on the tough issues. Alcoholism, bullying and abuse. There is no sugar coating his world, it's brutal, however Shawn won't go down without a fight, and that's what really makes this story a must read.
Heartbreaking, rewarding and even a little humbling, Dog Bone Soup is one story I won't forget.
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