Title – Trenton Makes
Author – Tadzio Koelb
Publisher/Published – Atlantic Books/ August 2018
Genre – Contemporary Fiction
Pages – 206
Summary from Goodreads
1946: At the apogee of the American Century, the confidence inspired by victory in World War II has spawned a culture of suffocating conformity in thrall to the cult of masculine privilege.
In the hardscrabble industrial city of Trenton, New Jersey, a woman made strong by wartime factory work kills her army veteran husband in a domestic brawl, disposes of his body, and assumes his identity. As Abe Kunstler, he secures a job in a wire rope factory, buys a car, and successfully woos Inez, an alcoholic dime dancer. He makes a home with her, but for Abe, this is not enough: to complete his transformation, he needs a son.
1971: A very different war is under way. The certainties of mid-century triumphalism are a distant, bitter memory, and Trenton’s heyday as a factory town is long past. As the sign on the famous bridge says, “Trenton Makes, the World Takes.”
The family life Abe has so carefully constructed is crumbling under the intolerable pressures of his long ruse. Desperate to hold on to what he has left, Abe searches for solutions in the dying city.
2 out of 5 Stars.
Well this was such a disappointing read. When I read the blurb I immediately wanted to read this book. It had such an interesting premise but unfortunately fell flat for me.
The first half was not too bad and it did make me want to find out more but I just felt like the plot went no where. Like I said the premise was so promising but this just got boring so much so I skim read the last fifty pages. The story did get confusing and moved back and forth.
The book was only 206 pages but it took me four days to finish it and it felt like a chore. I do feel like there are people who will love this story but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me.