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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Other Shoes of Larry Martin: On Becoming Laurie Roberts is a work of fiction by Pavane Ravel in the interpersonal drama and political intrigue subgenres and is the second book in a continuing series. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to some moderate instances of strong language and its in-depth political subject matter. As we continue to follow Larry through his journey as a former alt-right political journalist, we find him in a situation where he has lost everything and is experiencing homelessness. The path to transformation is fraught with difficulties and issues of trust, and Larry faces a tall order to turn his life around and redeem himself at last.
Pavane Ravel makes it easy to leap into the world of Larry Martin with the highly accessible backstory and context provided in the early stages of this novel, so readers who are new or haven’t read the previous work in the series in a while will have no trouble diving into Larry’s psychological and physical hardships. There is a sharp political and cultural focus that underlies this work but it never overpowers the drama of what’s happening in the scene. As such, the author’s central messages seep into the story seamlessly and inform much of Larry’s journey and our investment in him. I thought that the use of dialogue was a technical triumph in terms of how it drives the story forward with a myriad of pathos, humor, drama, and emotional intelligence. I would recommend The Other Shoes of Larry Martin to readers who enjoy intense character-led drama.