Today, I will be reviewing We Won't Forget You Mr. McGillicuddy by Ira L. White, which was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day for April 14th!
About the Book
Gil McGillicuddy is a WWII vet with dementia. Robert, his oldest son, is a blogger on the internet who cares for his dad as Gil takes the long slide into the land of forgetfulness. When Robert's oldest daughter becomes pregnant and the baby's father turns to meth and violent behavior, Robert convinces her and her preteen daughter to move into his home a thousand miles away.
Robert's radical blogging continues along with his efforts to help his family. His history of radicalism stretches back to his antiwar days at Berkeley in the sixties. In those days, he was responsible for outing an FBI informant in the midst of his antiwar group. The way this came down destroyed the informant's future plans. Now, over 40 years later, the man, Fedder, works as a floor manager for a security firm that is contracted out to the NSA to find radical bloggers.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold, very cold."
Fedder quietly stalks his unwary quarry with the intent of getting his revenge while Robert continues to deal with the problems of his family including the worsening of Gil's dementia.
We Won't Forget You Mr. McGillicuddy by Ira L. White is an interesting and unique book that seems to cover both a close up look at realistic lives as well as a thriller with some really different stylistic choices that we're not used to seeing from a book like this. The blogging aspects felt very new-age, but then it turns to the idea of Robert taking care of his WWII vet father and dealing with the man's dementia. The story touched on a lot of historical ideas of blogging and protesting and speaking out against the wrongs of the world and wars, and the idea of a secret group working against radical blogs on behalf of the military and NSA doesn't seem far fetched at all.
I enjoyed reading the book and the way it blended together several different genres, and I thought Robert's character was very compelling. Fedder not so much, and the ending was interesting but not exactly revolutionary. Once the novelty of the genre blending had worn off there wasn't a lot of stuff left to go on, but it was still a pretty good story. I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars for being unique enough to keep me reading and with some interesting and exciting moments.
About the Author
I was born in California (1950) where I spent most of my life in one town or another. Lived in Idaho for 4 years when young and in my mid 20's lived in Vermont a year. I now reside in Oregon. Grew up on the lower end of the economic scale but managed to work my way through college.
Worked at a number of jobs and wound up as a USDA food inspector for 26+ years.
I began reading early. By the age of 5, I had read my first full length book. I started writing in 2nd grade. I've done writing much of my life with several long stretches of abstinence due to life getting in the way of art. My current book was born from the experience of caring for my dad who died of dementia.