Bingo At The Legion


Fiction - Literary
286 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2021
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

The plot premise behind Gregg Norman’s highly engaging book, Bingo At The Legion, resonates easily with readers while Norman’s treatment is handled deftly and pleasingly. The main character, Grady Locke, returns to his small hometown after having bolted suddenly years before, leaving family and friends and a devastated lover to deal with the aftermath of his poorly explained disappearance. His return is predicated at the urgent request of his younger brother after the mysterious passing of their parents, an event relevant to the plot but not its focus. What becomes most relevant is the unexpected revelation that Grady’s young love, who also left town after drastically reacting to her abandonment, has recently returned to town and taken up residence with her mother. She is displeased by Grady’s reappearance in her life, and therein lies a fascinating story when Grady wants to stay.

What raises Bingo At The Legion to literary excellence is the writing skill of Gregg Norman. When dealing with a familiar plotline, Norman enhances the experience by creating truly unique and compelling characters. These characters move the plot much more than do the individual events, and these characters embody Norman’s tale with its deep humanity and immensely personal interest. Dialogue between and among them is pitch-perfect, and they are treated as complex, highly nuanced individuals. Add to this Norman’s fantastic way of telling a story, compact and yet fully descriptive, and the reader finds himself immersed in small-town life. All the time rooting for a sympathetic protagonist and his girl, of course.

K.C. Finn

Bingo At The Legion is a work of fiction written in the literary style by Gregg Norman. A character-focused story with many poignant lessons, the story introduces us to protagonist Grady Locke when his life has hit an all-time low. Having lost the companionship of his latest casual flame, Grady also loses his job and his parents, forcing him out of the big city and back home to where it all began. Returning to bury the dead is no picnic, but matters are made more complicated as Grady tries to reconnect with family and the life he once knew. So begins a poignant tale of lost youth and introspection of how far we can ever truly escape our roots.

Author Gregg Norman lets his talent for imagery and dialogue shine in this bittersweet homecoming tale. It moves at a gradual pace in the true style of literary fiction, allowing readers to take in every small detail of Grady’s life as he begins to draw comparisons with then and now. I really enjoyed Jasper as a character for the difficult moments he presents Grady with and for his own emotional state and journey during the story. The lessons in the slow-burning plot are satisfyingly conveyed, and I found myself very invested in watching Grady grow and change during his homecoming experience. His interactions with others were peppered with smooth and witty dialogue too. Overall, I would highly recommend Bingo At The Legion to fans of thought-provoking and nostalgic literary fiction that delivers on every emotive promise it makes.

Pikasho Deka

After losing his job and his girlfriend on the same day, Grady Locke receives yet another piece of distressing news from his estranged brother, Jasper. Jasper informs Grady that their parents have passed away in a freak accident, stressing the importance of Grady's presence at their funeral. Respecting his brother's wishes, Grady leaves his city life and arrives in the small rural town of Burdock, where familiar faces and childhood memories soon threaten to overwhelm his senses. As he acclimates with his former home and makes his way through town, Grady comes across his high school sweetheart Brenna, who he is surprised to discover had moved back into town six months prior. Will he repeat his past mistakes or become a better man? If you enjoy slice-of-life stories, grab yourself a copy of Gregg Norman's Bingo At The Legion.

Filled with a heavy dose of nostalgia, Bingo At The Legion is a heartwarming tale of a man discovering his true self in the place he grew up in. Author Gregg Norman sprinkles plenty of humor throughout the pages to keep the narrative light-hearted in between some of the more dramatic moments. The characters are salt-of-the-earth people you find in rural towns across America. I found them thoroughly captivating to read. Apart from Grady and Brenna's relationship, I also enjoyed Grady's dynamic with Jasper and Tiny. This is a character-driven story, slow-burn storytelling at its finest. I had a wonderful time reading it. Anyone interested in slice-of-life stories should check out Bingo At The Legion.