Many are Invited by Dennis Cuesta
Published: October 6, 2022
Celestial Eyes Press
Genre: Psychological Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Dennis Cuesta is a native of California; and attended the University of Michigan and remained in the Upper Midwest during his early career. Stuck in Manistique is his first novel. Dennis and his wife did get stuck in Manistique once, long ago. The interrupted trip served as inspiration for the book.
“Tragedy yearns to be mourned and remembered and mourned some more.”
Steve goes through the motions, doing just enough to get by without being dinged in any radar. When a new guy shows up with big ideas and gets recognition, Steve isn’t thrilled. Making waves is rarely a good thing. When the two become friends, Steve keeps his jealousy and resentment hidden, or so he thinks. Until the night of the housewarming party.
This was an unusual book. Well written and interestingly presented, but unusual. I enjoyed how the story was told, and I found the characters engaging. This was almost like a voyeuristic look into jealousy, resentment, and ego.
Steve was likable, and he had decent enough qualities. But he didn’t want to do anything to change his situation. And he resented his friend John who did. Steve felt like things just happened in John’s favor, but John also took risks and made the moves to make things happen.
John had the motivation to make things happen. He took risks, he made moves, and it paid off. He wasn’t perfect, but he wasn’t a monster.
The storyline for this book stays pretty level, nothing too crazy happens, but the plot is engaging and entertaining. I was captivated by the pure presentation of humanity that was presented on these pages.
This is an emotional journey, and I can’t decide if I am happy with how things ended or annoyed that I still have questions. The humanness of this book is so realistic.
I enjoyed this story more than I expected. The writing was well done, and the plot was unique.