A Whole Lot by Bradley Wind
For fans of brilliantly descriptive books and interesting characters, A Whole Lot is a real winner!
A Whole Lot by Bradley Wind is a wholly unique novel, though it felt old-fashioned in a lot of ways, like a book out of it's time. Pigpie is an interesting character, and the way in which the author is able to vividly draw up the scenes in which the book is taking place is incredible.
Make no mistake, this is not a fast-paced thriller, nor is it full of non-stop action and violence. It is a slower book, but that doesn't diminish it in any way. I loved the way in which maths was presented in the novel, and the manner in which it sort of became a character on it's own as the story progressed. That and memory were two of the most fascinating pieces of this novel. Stories including moments like this amaze me and really help draw me into the world.
I love the section of the book where Abel is using his memory to impress people and make money, and I think it is one of the places in the novel where the author truly shines in his ability to tell a concise and engaging story.
All in all, A Whole Lot is a great story, and I'm really impressed with the quality of what Bradley Wind put together. The characters are diverse and creative and certainly not one-dimensional, and details are presented to the reader that really develop this world and make it shine. This book deserves to be read.
About the Author
Bradley Wind was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific visual artist whose work has exhibited in the 20th-century wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He worked as a toy designer for K'nex Industries, a manager of IT for Pearl S. Buck International and is currently a director of IT for a child-focused non-profit. He keeps bees, raises chickens and two lovely girls with his wife in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
A Whole Lot is his debut novel.