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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A young man discovers love, hate, and prejudice when he takes a job as a social worker in the poignant social issues novel, Resignation by David Colin. Being a social worker is not for the fainthearted. When a newly graduated college student decides to make a difference in his world, he becomes a social worker. From his first day on the job, his whole life becomes a fight for not only the rights of his clients but his own as well. He quickly learns social work is a highly competitive field and corruption taints the very core of his profession. Dismayed and disillusioned, the novice caseworker struggles with his conscience. What can he do for clients who are desperate for assistance when no one, not even representatives and agents in the welfare network, cares? Is it possible for a reserved and unassuming newcomer to buck the system to create change? Or is it safer to succumb to the reality of the circumstances?
Resignation by David Colin is a heartbreaking literary novel with a social issues theme at its core. Written in the first-person narrative, the story draws you into the dark corruption of the protagonist's story world from the first page. The story leaves the main character nameless, hidden in anonymity, producing an elusive and disturbing atmosphere. This angsty novel shows the rarely seen side of a male's viewpoint, revealing the devastating conditions of today's society. While Mr. Colin's writing style is a little unconventional, his heartrending message remains unquestionable. With themes of mental illness, abuse, and male-male love, this book is better suited for a more mature audience.