Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

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One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School’s annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic Junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school’s back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening —and the unspoken story he carries— will tear the town of Bliss, Texas apart.

Nearly ten years later, Oliver Loving still lies wordless and paralyzed at Crockett State Assisted Care Facility, the fate of his mind unclear. Orbiting the still point of Oliver’s hospital bed is a family transformed: Oliver’s mother, Eve, who keeps desperate vigil; Oliver’s brother, Charlie, who has fled for New York City only to discover he cannot escape the gravity of his shattered family; Oliver’s father, Jed, who tries to erase his memories with bourbon. And then there is Rebekkah Sterling, Oliver’s teenage love, who left Texas long ago and still refuses to speak about her own part in that tragic night. When a new medical test promises a key to unlock Oliver’s trapped mind, the town’s unanswered questions resurface with new urgency, as Oliver’s doctors and his family fight for a way for Oliver to finally communicate — and so also to tell the truth of what really happened that fateful night.

A moving meditation on the transformative power of grief and love, a slyly affectionate look at the idiosyncrasies of family, and an emotionally-charged page-turner, Oliver Loving is an extraordinarily original novel that ventures into the unknowable and returns with the most fundamental truths.​

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ISBN : 1250169739
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

A West Texas high school, a racially divided school and town. A high school homecoming dance, shots ring out, four dead, six wounded. The shooter, a recent highschool grad, also dead. Is there any subject more feared? Something that keeps happening again and again. As I was finishing this , the l...

Monica rated it ★★★★☆

January 21, 2018

Wow... This is a story that will take some time to really digest. If there was ever an ending I could dislike more, then I don’t want to read it! The writing, especially the poetry, was beautiful. I was glad the story focused not only on the teenagers, but the adults too,as they tried to make sens...

Cathy rated it ★★★★★

January 18, 2018

Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/ ‘Once upon a time there was a boy who fell through a crack in time but he didn’t fall all the way.’ Following the momentous events at his scho...

Janelle rated it ★★★☆☆

January 15, 2018

Thank you so much to the wonderful Flatiron Books for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own. This is a heartbreaking story that takes place in a Texas town about a family and how they deal with life in the aftermath of a tragedy. Ten years ago, a terrible incident occurred at Oliver’s...

Nicole rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 03, 2017

I really wanted to like this; I've heard a lot of great things about it. Unfortunately this was just too wordy for my taste and I couldn't get into it. DNF. *Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Liz rated it ★★★☆☆

November 13, 2017

**3.5 stars** Oliver Loving is a beautifully written and consuming story that looks at familial and community relationships in the aftermath of a tragedy – the sort of tragedy where the question “Why” cannot always be answered.. Using multiple views, one of which is the locked in Oliver, we see the...

Caryn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 17, 2018

3.5. Full review and giveaway on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2018/...

Ashley rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2017

***A special thank you to Goodreads Giveaway, Stefan Merrill Block and Flatiron Books for the ARC and allowing me the opportunity to write an honest review.*** What an extraordinary, heartfelt novel. I honestly don't even know where to begin with this. When I began Oliver Loving, I did not expect...

Sascha rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

This has to be one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read in a very long time. The prose has a rhythm to it that is mesmerizing, drawing the reader into a seeming dream that eventually becomes a nightmare. Stefan Merill Block’s Oliver Loving takes on what the public seems to have become...

Krisette rated it ★★★☆☆

January 27, 2018

The novel is brilliantly written. There are stretches where the prose is so beautiful that you can't wait to read more. However, I could only give it three stars for the following reasons: 1. The novel just lagged in places. There were times where I felt the same conversations and the same confron...

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