The Death of Big Butch by Larry Sceurman

A small book with big lessons 

The story, set in the spring of 1974, encapsulates just a few days in the life of 26-yr-old Jimmy and his growing family, but those days manage to impart more joy, sorrow, and lessons learned than some folks experience in a lifetime. Hard-working, and hard-drinking, Jimmy is still finding his way from childhood to responsible adulthood without losing his pride and while holding on to all his friends and their rituals. Being a husband and father requires more than he seems prepared to give, even though he loves his little family with his heart and soul. The author skillfully depicts the moods and conflicts between Jimmy and his wife, as well as Jimmy’s sweet nature with his toddler son.

The lynch pin of the story is Stanley, the older gentleman who provides some semblance of guidance to his much younger friend, especially after the new baby is born. And Jimmy rises to the occasion, with an understanding expressed in perhaps the best line of the book, the very last line.   

I’ve known Larry Sceurman for more than a decade. I’ve been amazed and thrilled by his oral story-telling abilities. He begins to talk, and his words are little hooks that pull you in. You’re not sure if this is a true event or a conjured tale, but you’re in it for the ride.  It’s wonderful to see that he is able to translate that keen ability into words on a page.

I look forward to reading more of his stories in the future.

— Ruth Stives

Published by Angel Ackerman

Writer, Editor, Traveler, Fashionista, Francophile, Student and Mother Publisher at Parisian Phoenix ( Author of the Fashion and Fiends series

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