The Reckless Oath We Made

Review by Darla

Brought to you by local Lawrence author Bryn Greenwood.  Meet Zee, a tough, red-headed female protagonist that you cannot help but root for, and a young man living with the challenge of the Autism spectrum named Gentry.  Gentry interacts with the world through the lens of a 17th-century knight, and he has taken an oath to protect Zee.  Zee has a lot of issues: she’s trafficking weed to stay afloat, she’s lost her job and her apartment, her sister has been kidnapped, and her Mom is close to losing her home.  Gentry offers to help, and she doesn’t really have a choice but to accept.  This is a story of the two of them becoming reliant on each other, chasing away each other’s demons, and learning they can trust the other.  It’s raw, blunt, and, at times, brutal, but it’s also endearing, sweet, and filled with humanity.  I also enjoyed the different narrators; you get a much better picture of what’s going on from many different perspectives.  The story takes place in and around Wichita, Kansas, along with a fatal quest to Arkansas.  I recommend it to anyone that enjoyed Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell, Salvage the Bones by Jessamyn Ward, or True Grit by Charles Portis.

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