Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In a beautifully written piece of literary fiction by author Jonathan LaPoma, Understanding the Alacran, readers will be treated to a book that will engage both their minds and their senses. Taking place amongst the raw beauty of Mexico, the story follows 22-year-old William James, a young man who has given up a great career opportunity in the hopes of escaping a real sense of oppression, oppression that once led him to crime, drugs and a dark despair. He finds the freedom he has wanted in the beaches and mountains of Mexico, and all is well until he starts to feel a dark desire to become involved in the drug trade that seems to envelop the place he lives. When he meets a complex and mesmerizing woman, he begins to wonder if love will bring him to the place he needs. Will it? You’ll need to read this excellent book to find out.
I loved Understanding the Alacran. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? Well, it’s absolutely how I felt about this beautifully written, funny, moving and all-round wonderful coming of age story. Author Jonathan LaPoma has done an excellent job in creating characters that his readers will be able to connect with, relate to and truly come to care about. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. Any reader who is looking for a fantastic work of fiction from a new author should absolutely read this book. I am pleased to be able to give this book my very highest recommendation, and look forward to reading more from the talented author, Jonathan LaPoma, as soon as I possibly can.