What an amazing book. Precisely and exquisitely written this book, despite troubling subject matter, manages to be peaceful, calming and joyous. Although the real world intrudes on the periphery of the story I especially like the way the story could have been set anywhere at any time.
I found this tale quite captivating, if rather short. After spending 15 years in prison and being subjected to regular brutality, a man reflects on his life as a teenager. Hobbs writes with an incredibly visual style, and convincingly portrays a life that has experienced both the beautiful side of existence as well as the ugly side, drawing some great parallels using both the surroundings and characters. The passing of time is captured quite well, using the 9/11 event as a device to show how the world he knew before prison has changed.