Sunday, April 10, 2022

Book Review: "Olympus, Texas" by Stacey Swann

In Olympus, Texas, the problems for a dysfunctional Texas family seem to multiply when one member returns home.

It’s been two years since March Briscoe has seen his family, as he left after his affair with his brother’s wife was discovered. His mother June is less than pleased to see him—she’s always found March hard to love. And as a woman whose husband has had multiple affairs through the years, she’s tired of standing by her man.

March’s arrival stirs up old wounds with his brother, Hap, and Hap’s wife, Vera, who is perhaps even more dissatisfied with her marriage since her affair. At the same time, March and Hap’s twin half-siblings, Artie and Arlo, face their own challenges, when Artie’s desire for a life of her own is tested by Arlo’s neediness.

In the span of a week, someone has been killed, relationships are in tatters, multiple punches have been thrown, and the Briscoes face scrutiny from all over the town of Olympus. Can they change the course of events around them? Can they change themselves? Do they want to?

This is a dark, brooding, dramatic book and I was completely hooked from start to finish. I love books about family dysfunction, and this family was seriously screwed up!! But for the most part, the characters were sympathetic, and I needed to know how Stacey Swann would resolve everything.

The description of the book talks about how elements of classic mythology are woven into the plot. I don’t know much about mythology so that passed me by, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. So glad I finally read this!!

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