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"The Silver Thaw," one of the best books I've read in a long time.

This book by Thomas Saint McReynolds is an extraordinary commentary on contemporary society. It's about a man named Ready Able Smith, who without realizing what he was doing, sacrificed everything over the years that really meant anything to him, all for the sake of a "career." Finally, at the age of 45, he wakes up to the fact that his wife is gone (she left him after 24 years of marriage) and his two children, now adults, want nothing to do with him. "The Silver Thaw" is the story of how Ready Smith goes about trying to put his life back together.

The corporation Ready works for is EnTrustCo, reminiscent of Enron, which McReynolds must have had in mind when he wrote this, and it works so well. EnTrustCo is huge, with fingers in all kinds of pies (which McReynolds points out in an especially memorable chapter), and if you've ever worked in Corporate America, or known anyone who has, you'll know someone just like Ready Smith. I certainly do, which is one of the things that made this story so compelling for me. It's an emotional journey (at one point I actually had to stop reading because I was crying so hard) that really makes you stop and think about the things that really matter in life.

McReynolds knows human nature and puts that knowledge between the covers of this book as well as any author I've ever read, right up there with Dostoevsky and Virginia Woolf. This is an introspective character study, and McReynolds has a way of getting the reader inside the head of his protagonist, which is a rare talent, and he writes with a kind of rhythm that sweeps the reader along from one page to the next. If you haven't run across this one yet, check it out; you'll be glad you did, believe me.

Submitted by Shelly, posted on Friday April 13, @04:55PM

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