A raw story about grief, loss and addiction. The Fifteenth of June is a realistic depiction of what a single act of violence can do to a family.
And it’s not pretty. The Fifteenth of June by Brent Jones, is evocative and very real. It’s not for everyone, but if you can handle it, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic story.
The Fifteenth of June (Release Date: February 21, 2017)
Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?
Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.
Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?
Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.
After Drew’s mother is murdered, it’s as though life stops for his whole family. Each member of his family take a decidedly different course afterwards, and we are offered insight into three very different reactions to the worst thing that could happen to someone we love.
Drew of course is the protagonist in this tale and his path is perhaps the most tragic. His father essentially stops living when he loses the woman he loves. Ceases to care for himself or even his sons. Almost as if he is stuck in suspended animation, waiting to die. His brother struggles of course, but then veers in the complete opposite direction, using the loss of his mother to drive him to succeed and make positive life choices. And then there is poor Drew.
To avoid dealing, he uses drugs and alcohol to anesthetize his feelings. He is self-destructive in the extreme and his lack of emotion directly impacts several people in his life. His story is very sad and very ugly but as I mentioned it is also realistic.
The Fifteenth of June was hard to read at times. Because of his actions, it’s hard not to dislike Drew. A lot! But, since it’s such a well-written book, the author is able to make you empathize with this sad human being. And then, just when you are as disgusted as you can be with Drew, things change and you start rooting for him.
This book is not an easy read but it is a very good one. The Fifteenth of June is definitely a strong debut novel and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Jones!
About the Author
From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.
Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.