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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite
Accidents are things that need not be; they happen by chance and don’t always fit in. Paul Anthony seeks purpose in a life born from an accidental mother and an accidental father. He is a puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit. He is born incidentally from two unqualified people; an anxious mother and an angry father. In a home full of negativity and disappointment, Paul yearns to get out and find something better than his accidental life. Paul Anthony’s memoir, His Mother’s Son, witnesses his journey and his struggles with relationships, depression, and life as he tries to find his place in a bleak world.
Paul Anthony considers his life to be at odds with the current world. Like a puzzle piece that doesn’t fit the picture, he has always felt detached and out of place. Diego Molina’s illustrations of a missing puzzle piece, a cut-out person in a class picture, and many others are perfect representations of what each chapter is about. The undercurrent of indignation and exhaustion within its pages had me immersed in the story. The flow of the first-person narrative is smooth and the pacing is steady so it was easy to lose myself in it. Paul Anthony holds nothing back as he describes his arduous trek through life. The vivid feelings and scenarios played out like a movie in my mind.
This memoir stood out to me because of how articulate Anthony is as he writes down his feelings and encounters. I was amazed by how he can perfectly capture his anger and disappointment in words. This memoir resonated with me and after I finished reading it, I felt a little bereft. I wish I could have slowed down my reading pace and savored it more! Anthony's memoir is a masterpiece that delivers a magnetic, powerful, and heartfelt story. Excellent work!