* Eyrie by Tim Winton


Continuing in our series of aimless characters who should wise up, quit drinking so much, and make something of themselves because there’s really nothing wrong with their lives, I present Tom Keely, the hero of Eyrie who, after his wife leaves him and he is fired from his job (very sad, but hey, man up!) sinks into drinking, popping pills, and doing nothing all day. Enters a woman from his childhood days who is raising a grandson whose mother is in jail and who slowly pulls him into her very real problems, including dealing with the child’s gangster father.

That child is adorable, if damaged and perhaps done for, already, at six years of age. He’s the most interesting character, by far. Alas, the adults’ lives hog the story line and they are just not that interesting.

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