Wednesday, January 6, 2021

BLOG TOUR: The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington

I am really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington. I received a free copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Ed Tarkington for letting me be a part of this tour!

Title: The Fortunate Ones
Author: Ed Tarkington
Published by: Algonquin Books
Released: January 5, 2021
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Synopsis: When Charlie Boykin was young, he thought his life with his single mother on the working-class side of Nashville was perfectly fine. But when his mother arranges for him to be admitted as a scholarship student to an elite private school, he is suddenly introduced to what the world can feel like to someone cushioned by money. That world, he discovers, is an almost irresistible place where one can bend—and break—rules and still end up untarnished. As he gets drawn into a friendship with a charismatic upperclassman, Archer Creigh, and an affluent family that treats him like an adopted son, Charlie quickly adapts to life in the upper echelons of Nashville society. Under their charming and alcohol-soaked spell, how can he not relax and enjoy it all—the lack of anxiety over money, the easy summers spent poolside at perfectly appointed mansions, the lavish parties, the freedom to make mistakes knowing that everything can be glossed over or fixed?
But over time, Charlie is increasingly pulled into covering for Archer’s constant deceits and his casual bigotry. At what point will the attraction of wealth and prestige wear off enough for Charlie to take a stand—and will he?  
The Fortunate Ones is an immersive, elegantly written story that conveys both the seductiveness of this world and the corruption of the people who see their ascent to the top as their birthright. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: This story is kind of about the haves, and the have nots. It's a really beautiful story, powerful and thought provoking. Ed Tarkington can definitely tell a tale.
In this story, we follow Charlie who hasn't had the easiest start in life. His luck seems to change when he's enrolled as a scholarship student at an elite private school and Archer Creigh takes him under his wing. Charlie is now seeing how the other side lives. We follow Charlie through life. It's a really moving coming of age tale.
Ed Tarkington did a fantastic job on this book. It was such a pleasure to read. I was always interested in what was going to happen next. It was also fantastic at shading characters in gray rather then harsh black and white.
I'd definitely say give this a read. It's a story of friendship and growing up. Just some good stuff. I'm glad I got to read it. 

Ed Tarkington’s debut novel Only Love Can Break Your Heart was an ABA Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next pick, a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and a Southern Independent Booksellers Association bestseller. A regular contributor to, his articles, essays, and stories have appeared in a variety of publications including the Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News-Sentinel, and Lit Hub. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thank you so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington. Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and Ed Tarkington for having me on the tour. If this book sounds like something you'd like, I'd definitely recommend giving it a read.

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