"Conversations Book Club" - C.A. Webb, Jackson, MS
Meet Me on the Paisley Roof is just the type of book you need to get your minds off of your troubles of the day and settle in for just a great read. Author Murray Tillman used his background as a teacher to give us a story that is told in simple, enjoyable language that makes you remember why you fell in love with words at a young age. My hat goes off for a book that is playful yet should be considered as a serious contender for some of the best fiction I've read this year.
"Great addition to a library collection" - John Rogers Clark IV, Hartland, ME
I'm a public librarian who reads a lot of teen and young adult fiction in order to be able to make knowledgeable suggestions to patrons. This book is one of the best coming of age stories I've read in several years. The characters are quirky, but very believable and Trussell is the sort of kid you wished was your best friend when you were growing up. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this book to any of my young adult patrons.
"What a delight!" - J. Sobel, Chicago, IL
I was given a copy of this book for my birthday and found it utterly delightful. The book is beautifully and wittily written, and the narrative, and story elements fit together well. I was surprised to discover that this is a first novel since the underlying craftsmanship is so assured. The dialogue is fast-paced, funny and true. Most importantly, the reader truly gets to know, understand and relate to the characters - the sign of exceptional storytelling.
One of the reviews on the Amazon page is by "Eclectic", a native of Columbus, Georgia, the setting of the Paisley Roof story. So, I was particulary interested in Eclectic's comments and posted my reflections on this review on the Paisley Roof Facebook page here.