October 8, 2013
If you didn’t read the first book in this series, read that first!
In To the Light and Beyond, our friend Irv is back, and his life is just as hectic as ever. However, he doesn’t have to deal with mentally ill children or work in the adult movie business this time.
Instead, he finds himself unemployed once again and he end up working in various restaurants…. As a bus boy.
Good ole Irv can never have very many things going in his favor. Although, he did make it to Europe, which was his goal in the first novel. Unfortunately, he couldn’t stay and has to come back to Georgia.
I would say this installment takes the reader through Irv’s self-evaluation stage in his life. He is deciding what is best for him, and what is not so good… including the decision of whether to sleep with a married woman or not. It wouldn’t be an Irving H. Podolsky book without some sexual adventure.
I like how this book picked up right where the first one left off. It was a smooth transition, and it all felt very familiar being back in Irving’s world.
It wasn’t as long as the first one, but it was just as enjoyable.
I can’t even begin to imagine what the next one is going to bring!
4.5/5 stars. There were a couple slow patches, but the overall book was great. I suggest picking up the first one and then making your way to this one. It is quite the journey!