Review: The Removers by Andrew Meredith


About The Removers

A dark, poignant, and emotionally brave coming-of-age memoir: the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

My Review

Interesting read, taking me by surprise, certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. This was a coming of age story, exploring the bruises left behind of a dysfunctional family. The funeral industry was part of the narrative but not a large portion, enough to provide a glimpse into body removal, cremation.

Meredith has a way with words, his writing is poetically mesmerizing. He’s very open and candid into the turmoil existing within his family as well as bearing his own emotions and stumbles as a result of his family mess during his formative years to adulthood.

As much as I enjoy Meredith’s writing, his veering from one topic to the next jamming the mismatched topics together randomly was frustrating. One moment you would be reading of the cremation oven and immediately read of his father’s indiscretion, this zig zag pattern continuing throughout the narrative. Distracting and disruptive.

Candid memoir from a very gifted writer. I look forward to reading more from this talented writer. His lyrical writing alone makes this worth perusing.

About Andrew Meredithandrew-meredith-431977058

Andrew Meredith has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He received an MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro. The Removers is his first book.

Published July 15th 2014 by Scribner


3 thoughts on “Review: The Removers by Andrew Meredith

  1. My TBR looks like Target on Black Friday, but I have a soft spot for coming of age stories (even though I’m not a fan of YA, in general.) Will definitely try to keep this one near the top. Good review!


    • Thx Felicia. Boook was good just caught me by surprise. Sad when one parents action tears a family to shreds. Wonderful writing, worth your reading time. I appreciate you stopping by and for your comments.


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