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Book Audit To Cease From Embracing

A cleverly uncensored fiction that explores all aspects of a boy’s strange trauma

To Refrain From Embracing is a thoughtful and provocative novel by Jeffrey Luscombe. In the summer of 1977 in Canada, much of the novel takes place with suicidal male patients who joke in a psychiatric hospital, and gradually the story expands to reveal the lives of their families.

At first, the story seems to concern Ted Moore, who had enlisted in the UN peacekeeping service in the Congo at the age of 17 and had recently issued himself in front of his 10-year-old son. “I don’t think it was my best hour,” he admits of his self-destruction attempt, “but that’s exactly what happened and that’s it.”in a more honest Moment, he is ready to admit that he suffers from intrusive thoughts. One of his interlocutors is another patient who, although also Canadian, had enlisted in the American army and had fought in Vietnam.

While the Novel stubbornly takes us into the woods, the drama focuses on Ted’s son, Josh. Josh befriends an older neighbor boy who can defend his own Fort playhouse by the creek. The way to impress this boy is to reveal a very good secret. Fortunately (or not), Josh has a few.

A great achievement of this novel is the way it explores the overlapping identity lines. Josh’s mother grew up on a reservation in Minnesota, and his Aunt Doris especially appreciates his Indian heritage. On her father’s side, her aunts are born-again fanatical Christians. One of the aunts says to her father while he is in the psychiatric hospital: “If God wants to get your attention, he first starts by patting you on the shoulder… then All at once… and then at some point it has to reach a two-by-four in the back of your head.”

So, who could become Josh? He is an outlier in his family: the only one of the younger generation with blond hair and a child more interested in macabre news than Religion. His family argues and grumbles about mature matters, and we catch shreds of them, either by the way, or as Josh may have half understood.

Most men in that place and at that time are afraid of venereal experiences with other men that seem to occur with some frequency, but that they tend to keep secret. The family projects their venereal fears onto Josh. Because he seems to them to be pot-bellied and insufficiently masculine, he is sent to summer camp.

With a “It happened at the time”, the story reveals surprise traumas: panties torn from the clothesline by a neighborhood pervert, a graphic passed away, what happened to the puppy and everything in between. Often the reader doesn’t see it coming, and these existential humiliations are written to be both terrible and comic. The narrative goal of more than one character is to die.

It’s a twisted story with touching moments meant to be uncomfortable. To Refrain From Embracing is an appropriate title insofar as the Novel is about people who spend more time controlling and controlling themselves than listening and connecting. As you would expect for such a disastrous summer (if it happened in real life), many threads do not close. It would take Josh a lifetime to figure it out, and we only get the snapshot from the summer when he was 10.

Luscombe continues to arouse our curiosity about this strange child born into an even stranger family, and he weaves a meticulously detailed world that ultimately remains open. He gives us a long peepshow of Josh’s defining – perhaps disorienting-year.

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