Review: Let it Be by Chad Gayle

Title: Let It Be

Author: Chad Gayle

Published: Bracket Books May 2013

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from June 12 to 13, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the Publisher}

My Thoughts:

I have been a fan of the Beatles since I was quite young and inherited some of my aunt’s vinyl album collection when she passed away at a tragically young age. It was the promised connection between their music and Chad Gayle’s debut novel, Let It Be, that convinced me to agree to a review.

It is the summer of the late 1970’s in Amarillo, Texas and Michelle is trying to rebuild her life after fleeing her abusive husband, Bill, with her two children, ten year old Joseph and thirteen year old Pam. Joseph doesn’t like Amarillo, doesn’t like that his sister in charge during the long summer days while his mother works and doesn’t like, or understand why, his father stayed behind.

Let it Be unfurls through several points of view tracing the events of the summer as relationships reach a crisis point. Though it is not always immediately clear when the perspective shifts as who it belongs to, each voice is distinctive . Given that the characters range across age and gender, I think the author has done a remarkable job to create such individuals. I feel as though their thoughts and feelings are appropriate and genuine, from Michelle’s distress to Joseph’s bewilderment and Bill’s seething anger.

Each chapter is referenced by a Beatles song from the Let It Be album. From ‘I Me Mine’ to ‘The Long and Winding Road’ to ‘Get Back’, the song lyrics relate in some manner to the journey of the characters. Ultimately the lesson for Joseph, his mother and father are the ‘words of wisdom’, let it be.

A short yet intense novel exploring the themes of change, betrayal and redemption, Let It Be is an impressive literary debut.

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Listen to the live studio version of Let It Be with The Beatles

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 12:06:51

    Sounds like an interesting concept with a great marketing tie-in.



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