Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried

Revised - Second Edition

Fiction - Drama
444 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2019
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Author Biography

Richard Siciliano worked for many years with community action and social services agencies. He also was a draft resister and a political activist. He lives in a small town in Northern California.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried by Richard Siciliano is an interesting, character-driven story with strong social themes. Meet Frank Hutchison, aka Peter Sanchez, a sophisticated character with powerful dreams. Frank knows nothing about his father or his ancestors from his father’s side. But he is inspired by a legendary blues singer of the 1920’s who shares the same name as him. He dreams of becoming a baseball player or a historian, but the military draft and the Vietnam War loom ahead and Frank knows it could halt everything he ever dreamed about. Seized by a powerful idea, he convinces his friends to move with him to the hinterland where they can find peace and experience what he calls the “Experiment,” a new form of life. Thus begins an adventure that will test their ability to live together and to deal with drug dependency. It is interesting to follow the compelling characters and Frank’s adventures with growing marijuana and the drama of it all.

Richard Siciliano writes a beautiful story and creates characters that are real and that readers will easily identify with. The writing is strong and I enjoyed how the author weaves humor into it. Perhaps humor is the most powerful spice of this narrative. Frank is a sophisticated character and the conflict — especially the internal conflict — develops around his sense of identity. We encounter someone who strives to define himself in a world he doesn’t recognize. Interpersonal relationships are well handled and they are at the heart of the conflict that moves the narrative forward. Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried is engaging and the author’s unique turn of phrase showcases the humor brilliantly. It is a fun read.

Lesley Jones

In Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried by Richard Siciliano, with a distant relationship with his mother and never knowing his father, Frank Hutchinson has ambitions to become an historical novelist. However, the Vietnam war still rages on and military enlistment beckons. Determined as ever not to conform, Frank decides he must leave New York after college and live a more peaceful life away from society and pursue his dreams. He convinces friends Laurie and Dick to join him. Laurie’s friend Cindy also wants in on the adventure, to hopefully free herself of her drug habit and her ex-boyfriend, Wood Conway. As they arrive in Scottstown, they meet a local landlord who offers them a place to stay and employment in his second-hand store. Frank, now using the alias Peter Sanchez, and in a relationship with Cindy, is struggling with the research for his novel, and decides a more lucrative way of making a living is to grow marijuana in the woods nearby and sell it secretly to Conway. Peter’s life seems to be going to plan until Spikes, a social worker, arrives in the town and has plans to change it from an impoverished community to a tourist attraction. As friendships start to end, Peter reevaluates his life once more, just as someone makes a discovery that could bring his whole life crashing down.

The author has a definite knack of writing in such a way that captures the essence of the characters' personalities. The story line has been created with passion and care, and although it is quite a long book, I read it easily. I thought the characters were well rounded and the dialogue perfect for their personalities, and this made it easy to relate to them. Peter and Cindy s relationship was endearing but quite sad, as they were two lonely souls brought together by circumstances. I became caught up in the characters' everyday lives, and this is a great testament to the author's writing ability. I loved Peter as a character; he had a good nature but I feel his upbringing caused his continual search for a place to belong. The part of the novel where Conway and Peter meet sent shivers down my spine. It was an excellent example of a psychological game of cat and mouse. The ending was superb and I am intrigued as to where Peter's life takes him in the next novel. Overall, a great story for anyone who loves their characters and story lines to have many layers.

K.C. Finn

Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried is a work of dramatic life story style fiction, penned by author Richard Siciliano. In this tale of a young man thrown about by the realities of life, we meet our central ‘hero’ Frank Hutchison when he aspires to become much more than his humble roots suggest. Looking up to the legendary blues singer with whom he shares his name, Frank attempts to become a historian, but circumstances don’t play out that way. Eventually, Frank and his college friends attempt to go off the grid to pursue their dreams, but land themselves in the middle of a turf war and a drug scandal that they never intended to be part of.

Author Richard Siciliano writes with humour and pathos about a life gone wrong in this flowing narrative that drives us from one disaster to another. I didn’t find Frank Hutchison to be a particularly warm or endearing main character, but the decisions he makes in his life certainly leave a lot of room for comedy, and his ensemble of strange friends with their own personal struggles made for a colourful cast to sink your teeth into. I really enjoyed the almost caricature-like quality of the villainous Mike Spikes, the slum landlord, and the novel’s conclusion was a true cataclysm of amusing misdemeanors and some poignant realizations for Frank and his friends. Overall, if you’re seeking an easy and pleasant read with plenty of pathos, I’d recommend Nobody Knows Where Frank Hutchison Is Buried.