Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent: some kind words from Savvy Verse & Wit

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My friend Serena Agusto-Cox was an early reader of Dangerous Neighbors, my Centennial Philadelphia novel. She wondered, when she finished reading, about that character William, who plays a secondary role in Neighbors, and when I had in hand finished copies of Dr. Radway—a book in which William stars—I sent one her way.

She writes thoughtfully and kindly here about the story, and on this day, when I'm thinking so much about my city, I am particularly grateful.

Thank you, Serena. A small part of her review is here, below. The whole can be found here.
Kephart brings home the pressure of change and darkness with the thrumming of the machines, the locomotive commotion, and the constant mechanization of the city pounding in the background.  While the industrialization signifies a change and progress that can be beneficial and create opportunity, there also is the darker underbelly of those changes that must be dealt with — the corruption and the abuse of those willing to take advantage of their position and of others.  There is a keen juxtaposition of this in the characters of Officer Kernon and the Ledger’s editor Mr. Childs — one who abuses his position to get what he wants and the other who offers his aid in the form of mentoring and money to young men in need of guidance.


Serena said...

You are welcome...and your book has me thinking about Childs...and makes me want to know more about him.

Serena said...

I also just had this thought given your husband's illustrations: wouldn't it be interesting to see William and his animal rescue as a serial of graphic novels.

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