The Second Chances of Priam Wood

Fiction - General
494 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2013
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Author Biography

Alexander Rigby grew up in a small town called Saegertown in northwest Pennsylvania. As a child, he enjoyed reading a great deal and eventually his love of books transpired into a passion for writing. He started writing his first book at the age of nine. His written works have ranged from stories about witches and warlocks, to magical trees, sagas set in outerspace, adventures of freshmen in high school, and a tale of two gay best friends struggling with life in the city. When he was young, his parents used to punish him by taking away his books, as they were the things he loved the most. Little did he know at that time, he would end up writing one. After graduating from high school as Valedictorian, he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he majored in Political Science and Anthropology. Throughout his time at Pitt he experienced a great deal and even studied abroad in London during his junior year, visiting a total of nine European countries in all. Now, as a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Alexander’s first novel, The Second Chances of Priam Wood, has been published. Although he has written various pieces before, even completing some, this is the first time he wishes to share this story with anyone who desires to read it. He lives in Pittsburgh and works for a publishing company downtown, and also writes reviews for new authors online. Currently, he is working on his second novel, What Happened to Marilyn.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Alexander Rigby tells the story about a man’s redemption from his own regrets in "The Second Chances of Priam Wood". Seventy year old Priam Wood had died, but the afterlife wasn't something he had expected at all. Chloe, his Golden Retriever that died several days before him, appeared and greeted him as his guide. The old artist was told that he had second chances to change the seven days of his past life. It was a revelation that was double-edged, for he could easily fail and things might become worse. But with his beloved dog’s support, Priam Wood decided to make everything right and those seven days given to him were about to be a priceless life lesson that he overlooked when he was still alive.

The very first chapter started slowly for me but I was glad the pace picked up when Priam died and was greeted by Chloe in the world between the living and the dead. The writing is flawless; the seven days that the character had to re-live is told in details and isn't rushed. The concept of the story isn't new, nevertheless it is beautifully and genuinely written. Moreover, the lessons and inspiration that one could take from this book are plenty: live life to the fullest, nothing lasts forever and you don’t know what you have got until it is gone. The depth of this story was astonishing. This is a kind of book that you will want to read while you are relaxing no matter where or when.