Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect

Dave Patterson / Aug 18, 2019

Soon the Light Will Be Perfect We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty Catholicism and a family in crisis in rural Vermont A year old altar boy lives with his family in a small pove

  • Title: Soon the Light Will Be Perfect
  • Author: Dave Patterson
  • ISBN: 1335652906
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont.A 12 year old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen year old brother is about to enter high school His family has gained eno We the Animals meets Hillbilly Elegy in this taut portrait of poverty, Catholicism, and a family in crisis in rural Vermont.A 12 year old altar boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen year old brother is about to enter high school His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes.As his family clings to the traditions of their hard lined Catholicism, the narrator begins to see how ideology and human nature are often at odds He meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast Taylor represents everything his life as an altar boy isn t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother s health deteriorates.Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability Get A Copy Kindle Store InMondadoriOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 256 pages Expected publication April 9th 2019 by Hanover Square Press More Details ISBN 1335652906 ISBN13 9781335652904 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson Author Release date Apr 09, 2019 Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Editions of Soon the Light Will be Perfect by Dave Patterson Two brothers struggle to survive a whirlwind summer Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Editions of Soon the Light Will be Perfect by Dave Patterson Two brothers struggle to survive a whirlwind summer in rural Vermont in this taut and luminous coming of age novel, for fans of Justin Torres and Bryn GreenwoodA twelve year old boy lives with his family in a small, poverty stricken town in Vermont His father works at a manufacturing plant, his mother is a homemaker, and his fifteen year old brother is about to enter high school His family has gained enough financial stability to move out of the nearby trailer park, and as conflict rages abroad, his father s job at a weapons manufacturing plant appears safe But then his mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything changes.As the family clings to the traditions of their hard line Catholicism, he meets Taylor, a perceptive, beguiling girl from the trailer park, a girl who has been forced to grow up too fast Taylor represents everything his life isn t, and their fledgling connection develops as his mother s health deteriorates.Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect chronicles the journey of two brothers on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social and familial instability Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Literary Fiction for Guys 27 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 51 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 15, 2018 Larry H rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up Dave Patterson s Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is spare, beautiful, and haunting It s one of those books that feels a little like a ticking time bomb, because while everything that happens seems relatively benign, there s an underlying sense of tension that makes you wonder when, or if, everything is going to explode But that doesn t detract at all from its appeal.A 12 year old boy and his family live in rural Vermont at the start of the Gulf War Fo I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up Dave Patterson s Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is spare, beautiful, and haunting It s one of those books that feels a little like a ticking time bomb, because while everything that happens seems relatively benign, there s an underlying sense of tension that makes you wonder when, or if, everything is going to explode But that doesn t detract at all from its appeal.A 12 year old boy and his family live in rural Vermont at the start of the Gulf War For the first time in a long time, things are stable for their family they finally have enough money to move out of the trailer park which dooms you to ostracism, as even his fellow students in the gifted program at school want nothing to do with trailer park kids and live in a home of their own.It s not quite a comfortable existence, in that they still have to watch every penny, but with their father s job at a weapons manufacturing plant, things finally seem to be going their way The boy s 15 year old brother is rebellious, experimenting with girls, drugs, cigarettes, and mischief, but he still serves as an altar boy at their local church, so all is not lost And then their mother is diagnosed with cancer, and everything starts to fall apart.This is a family for whom religion is tremendously important, and as their mother s illness worsens, they depend and on their church Whether it s attending anti abortion rallies, which get increasingly disturbing, or watching the members of the church pray for their mother s recovery, the boy doesn t quite understand the power of religion, but he wants it to work for his mother A segment where he finds his confirmation saint and tries to emulate him is a disturbing and emotional one This is the story of a boy on the cusp of young adulthood, even if being an adult certainly doesn t seem all it s cracked up to be When he meets a young girl named Taylor, he is intrigued by the way she seems so much mature and worldly than he does, even if she may be only a year or two older than him But he quickly realizes that Taylor s bravado is a mask for something else, although he isn t sure how to help her, or if she really wants his help Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is a poignant story about a family in the midst of crisis, in which two siblings are forced to essentially raise themselves without any real supervision or explanation of all that is falling apart around them They toy with rebellion but truthfully want a normal life back that is, anything that doesn t send their family back to the trailer park It s a novel about family, about belief, about realizing your parents don t have it any together than you do at times, but you still rely on them.Patterson is a tremendously self assured writer, and it s hard to believe this is his debut novel At times it moved a little slower than I liked, and I felt like things were a little graphic than they needed to be at times, but I couldn t pull myself away from the book, even though I read it expecting everything might go horribly awry at any second Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is the first real glimpse of Patterson s talent, and it s worthwhile to read I can t wait to see what s next.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at and HARLEQUIN Trade Publishing U.S Canada Hanover Square Press provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available flag 79 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jan 26, 2019 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition I was absolutely awed by the beauty of this cover Something just called to me when looking at this cover.Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is a hauntingly beautiful and complex story A 12 year old and his family are living in Vermont at the start of the Gulf War Things seem to finally be stable for this family and can finally move out of their trailer with the money that they have There is a lot going on in this story I can tell you that much A traumatic event hits this family when the moth I was absolutely awed by the beauty of this cover Something just called to me when looking at this cover.Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is a hauntingly beautiful and complex story A 12 year old and his family are living in Vermont at the start of the Gulf War Things seem to finally be stable for this family and can finally move out of their trailer with the money that they have There is a lot going on in this story I can tell you that much A traumatic event hits this family when the mother is diagnosed with cancer The two boys 12 and 15 are trying to cope and deal with this trauma the best that they know how The two boys essentially have to raise themselves coping with the amount of trauma and emotional turmoil that is existing around them Patterson writes beautifully and the emotion behind his words left me breathless at times The story was moving at a slower pace then I would have liked and it was a tad bit graphic in details for me but I still was pulled into the story of this family This definitely was a bit of a depressing read but it was beautiful and dark I m interested to see what Dave Patterson comes out with next and was pleased to have the opportunity to read this 3.5 stars for this one.Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing Hanover Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Published to 1 26 19Publication date 4 9 19 flag 15 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Julie Lovely review, Kendall Jan 27, 2019 08 22PM Nicola Gipson Beautiful review Kendall Jan 28, 2019 01 33AM Nov 06, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it via my blog I ve often prayed for our misery to be transferred to someone else anyone else A young man comes of age in rural Vermont alongside his older brother, just a sliver away from the trailer park and poverty they used to live among before moving into a house The two contend with than their hormones Their Catholicism is little help in facing the harsh reality of a mother whose illness turns out to be cancer The shame and confusion of raging via my blog I ve often prayed for our misery to be transferred to someone else anyone else A young man comes of age in rural Vermont alongside his older brother, just a sliver away from the trailer park and poverty they used to live among before moving into a house The two contend with than their hormones Their Catholicism is little help in facing the harsh reality of a mother whose illness turns out to be cancer The shame and confusion of raging urges that are becoming of a fetish has him believing he is a deviant whose desires cannot be controlled Often hungry for a filling meal himself, sick of heating frozen meals, he begins resenting his mother s charitable meals for those that have even less, considering the recipient s son is anything but thankful and seems enraged by generousity His own mother tends to others needs despite her fragile health, yet contrary to her faith goes against the church during a protest, proving sometimes you have to honor your own moral code There is the debt he owes for a cat, a fruitful endeavour that sees felines taking over their home but far confusing is his father s concerns over the tanks he helps build for the war There is an inner conflict, risk losing the job that provides for his family, particularly now with his wife so ill or just do one s job and remember it s best not to question things Their father isn t the only one struggling with his place in life How do you put your faith in God when even Father Brian isn t holding strong As the boys help their father build a table for their ailing mother, the only thing she truly demands, her health continues to decline Then new girl Taylor comes along, confusing him with her desire to know what his life feels like, that even as empty and terrible as it sometimes proves to be, it is still full of the love and stability others with so much less may long for He finds himself drawn to her, whether it makes sense or not Taylor s environment is wildly freer than his own, surrounded by kids in the trailer park who have nothing better to do to pass the time than drink or worse With a mother who goes through boyfriends, she needs protection and maybe he can be the one, even if he is wise enough to know running away isn t an option, not when they don t have two dimes to rub together between them The only certain truth about Taylor is he understands even less about her actions than he does about his own.It s a story about being trapped in situations outside one s control, that even faith sometimes has to take a backseat to the harsh realities and obstacles that come into our lives Not all moral dilemmas can be resolved with a prayer any than laying on of hands is going to cure his mother s illness Paths can converge and lead to happy awakenings, as much as it can lead to tragedy Before the end of the novel, our young narrator will grow up and discover that when misery and suffering eases its hold on us, it doesn t necessarily mean we ve seen the last of it.Publication Date April 9, 2019Hanover Square Press flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Debi Hawkes rated it really liked it Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability All the afore mentioned themes are nicely expressed in the honestly represented voices of 12 and 14 year old boys.There were s Set over the course of one propulsive summer, Soon the Light Will be Perfect chronicles the journey of a young man on the cusp of adulthood, a town battered by poverty, and a family at a breaking point In spare, fiercely honest prose, Dave Patterson captures what it feels like to be gloriously, violently alive at a moment of political, social, and familial instability All the afore mentioned themes are nicely expressed in the honestly represented voices of 12 and 14 year old boys.There were several times I just had to put the book down Having lost my mother to cancer as an adult, I feel Dave Patterson so nailed the confusion, pain, frustration, the loss of boundaries, loss of your core self, the seeking for comfort in your faith, the oh so much guilt I can t imagine a young man struggling with the same issues I struggle with still today, Excellent book, highly recommend.Thank you NetGalley, and publisher Harlequin Ent for the opportunity to experience this book My opinions are my own flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 08, 2018 Nancy Ahyee rated it it was ok Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson is billed as a coming of age novel about a 12 year old and his family, living in poverty in rural Vermont Told from the perspective of the 12 year old who I don t believe was ever named , we hear about one summer for him, his 15 year old brother, his factory worker father, and his mother who is diagnosed with cancer This is a sad story about a family who has barely made it out of the trailer park and will probably never have enough money to d Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson is billed as a coming of age novel about a 12 year old and his family, living in poverty in rural Vermont Told from the perspective of the 12 year old who I don t believe was ever named , we hear about one summer for him, his 15 year old brother, his factory worker father, and his mother who is diagnosed with cancer This is a sad story about a family who has barely made it out of the trailer park and will probably never have enough money to do than scrape by.I think I could have liked this book had the story been told differently As other reviewers have said, it paints a poignant picture of life in a factory town where there are never enough jobs A family of devout Catholics, they never miss church, even when the mom is suffering through chemo treatments because as the narrator tells us no one wants that mortal sin on their soul It s also to be expected that the kids would be off on their own because Dad is out working and Mom is in bed, so there s a lot of running around doing things they shouldn t in the town when kids would normally be supervised I think I could have really appreciated this book and the pain and loss that encompass this boy.Taking all of that into consideration, I struggled with the amount of profanity and sexualization of this 12 year old narrator The first sentence drops the F bomb three times, and there are 30 of them riddled throughout the book No, I didn t count them Kindle has a search function And that doesn t count all the other profanity This kid was also obsessed with women s bras and underwearstealing them and hiding them in a shoebox under his bed He would take them out and shove them in his mouth, and my guess is the implication is that he s pleasuring himself in the process, and then he needs to confess to unclean thoughts On top of all that, his brother encourages him to smoke cigarettes and eventually gets him started smoking marijuana.I am in no way a prude and understand that hormones are starting to rage when kids are 12 and 15, but I found myself so many times thinking, He s 12 I think there s a way to tell a poignant and heartfelt story realistically without making it obscene It felt really over the top to me, and I would not recommend it.Thanks to NetGalley and Hanover Square Press for a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review This title is scheduled for publication in April 2019 flag Like see review Oct 20, 2018 Donna Hines rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley Two siblings raising themselves in the midst of a family crisis with no idea just how drastic things may become.Their future is uncertain not to mention the goal is to move out of the trailer park entering into a good school but sadly the school doesn t welcome trailer park kids as this is rural Vermont during the Gulf War As their mother falls ill the family turns to the church in hopes of salvation but the anti abortion rallies are becoming increasingly violent.Their father attempts to keep t Two siblings raising themselves in the midst of a family crisis with no idea just how drastic things may become.Their future is uncertain not to mention the goal is to move out of the trailer park entering into a good school but sadly the school doesn t welcome trailer park kids as this is rural Vermont during the Gulf War As their mother falls ill the family turns to the church in hopes of salvation but the anti abortion rallies are becoming increasingly violent.Their father attempts to keep the family going on his poor man s salary but reality may soon set in as his income may not be enough in the weapons manufacturing plant.The one boy is meddling in extracurricular activities such as drinking, drugs, and crime and it may lead to a lifetime of trouble.That s until Taylor comes into the picture who is mature beyond her young age.I cannot believe this is a debut novel as Patterson is such a magnificent writer This family goes to show that even parents may not have their shiite together but they graciously move on.My main issue with this one was the nature of certain actions that were simply too graphic for me The edge of the seat suspense in which you re waiting for the other shoe to drop in explosive form was evident.Thank you to Dave, the publisher, netgalley, and aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag Like see review Oct 29, 2018 Angela rated it liked it I d round the 3 stars up to 3.5 just because of the poignancy of the book, but it fizzled out in the end for me It just kind of ended.No real wrap up It was very odd The writing itself was beautiful It has a very coming of age flavor, a young boy right on the verge of growing up, and he really laid on the Catholic guilt, that part was pretty nearly perfect There s so much going on in this book that s it s kind of hard to believe it took place over the course of one summer I guess I was I d round the 3 stars up to 3.5 just because of the poignancy of the book, but it fizzled out in the end for me It just kind of ended.No real wrap up It was very odd The writing itself was beautiful It has a very coming of age flavor, a young boy right on the verge of growing up, and he really laid on the Catholic guilt, that part was pretty nearly perfect There s so much going on in this book that s it s kind of hard to believe it took place over the course of one summer I guess I was just waiting for It has a very 80s feel to it so anytime an early 2000s reference is made it s kind of a jolt There s nothing really wrong with the book itself, I just kept waiting for something to happen and nothing ever really did flag Like see review Oct 17, 2018 Travis Fortney rated it it was ok The first line of this a profanity about cats was great This was followed by a great first chapter about a conservative Catholic family whose concerns trying to rise from poverty while the father struggles to keep his job and the mother struggles with cancer take a backburner to the much pressing issue of their house being overrun by rapidly breeding cats Unfortunately, the rest of the book up until the last page or two, which is also great is cliches piled on cliches Cancer, car a The first line of this a profanity about cats was great This was followed by a great first chapter about a conservative Catholic family whose concerns trying to rise from poverty while the father struggles to keep his job and the mother struggles with cancer take a backburner to the much pressing issue of their house being overrun by rapidly breeding cats Unfortunately, the rest of the book up until the last page or two, which is also great is cliches piled on cliches Cancer, car accidents, teenage lust, religion, etc The fact that they re all appearing together in a relatively short book doesn t make them feel fresh and new flag Like see review Oct 15, 2018 Colleen Maclennan rated it really liked it Can life get any difficult for a young man of the verge of adulthood This twelve young old struggles with his own sexuality, his Catholic faith, a father whose work ethics are harshly judged , an older brother dealing with his own issues and a mother very sick with cancer Life can be so unfair at times and this book is an example of that Not much happiness is derived from this book All are struggling in this poor town The ending has some bright spots but a sad depressing read about th Can life get any difficult for a young man of the verge of adulthood This twelve young old struggles with his own sexuality, his Catholic faith, a father whose work ethics are harshly judged , an older brother dealing with his own issues and a mother very sick with cancer Life can be so unfair at times and this book is an example of that Not much happiness is derived from this book All are struggling in this poor town The ending has some bright spots but a sad depressing read about the harsh reality that some families face daily flag Like see review Dec 21, 2018 Sonya Moyle rated it liked it Shelves arc, net galley, my elibrary read Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a copy of an e ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was a coming of age story that I revolves around a boy, his teenage brother, his father, and ailing mother His mother is diagnosed with cancer and his family is staunch Catholic The church comes together to try to pray the cancer out of her.Over the course of the summer, he meets a girl from the trailer park which shows him a different side of life.I wanted to like this story , but it really d Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a copy of an e ARC in exchange for an honest review.This was a coming of age story that I revolves around a boy, his teenage brother, his father, and ailing mother His mother is diagnosed with cancer and his family is staunch Catholic The church comes together to try to pray the cancer out of her.Over the course of the summer, he meets a girl from the trailer park which shows him a different side of life.I wanted to like this story , but it really didn t resonate with me Still a solid 3 star story flag Like see review Oct 25, 2018 Tara Weiss rated it liked it Catholic Guilt It is real This book nails that down like Jesus to the Cross Despite the darkness, there is humanity at the core of this story There is a push towards acceptance as hardships are dealt with head on The story felt raw and real, but completely unrefined, especially with the first person accounts of an observant twelve year old protagonist who cares deeply about people flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Rachel rated it it was amazing A beautifully written coming of age story set in rural New England Deals with issues of class, religion, family strife, and illness Painful and hopeful at the same time Highly recommended flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Shira Selkovits rated it really liked it A poignant coming of age story that I flashed through in a day Visceral prose takes the reader on a journey of sickness, poverty, religion, war, loss, and adolescence flag Like see review Nov 09, 2018 Brandon Gutermuth rated it really liked it Sparse, beautiful, unique prose A very good coming of age story flag Like see review Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it Nov 01, 2018 Peter rated it it was amazing Jun 15, 2018 Oct 22, 2018 Keirstin Smith CloudOfThoughts rated it it was amazing Soon the light Will Be Perfect by author Dave Patterson is a gripping and emotional read It s a family s worst nightmare come true, following the two brothers who are learning to deal with what s happening and also coming of age Awesome book Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of Soon the Light Will Be Perfect in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Anna rated it it was amazing Jan 16, 2019 Dec 11, 2018 Angela rated it liked it This seems to be of a coming of age book but very well written Typical 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        Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast program His short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Onion River Review, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other literary magazines He is currently at work on Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast program His short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, The Onion River Review, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other literary magazines He is currently at work on his second novel


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    1. I m between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up Dave Patterson s Soon the Light Will Be Perfect is spare, beautiful, and haunting It s one of those books that feels a little like a ticking time bomb, because while everything that happens seems relatively benign, there s an underlying sense of tension that makes you wonder when, or if, everything is going to explode But that doesn t detract at all from its appeal.A 12 year old boy and his family live in rural Vermont at the start of the Gulf War F [...]


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