Revolution by David Dorrough is a resonant novel with nuanced themes and fascinating characters, set against the backdrop of twenty-first century Los Angeles, California, a thought-provoking novel that is sprinkled with reflections about life and the challenges that middle-aged Americans face. The existential themes are brilliantly developed and the author has readers thinking about the doldrums of everyday life and what it takes to revolutionize one’s existence. Readers are thrust into the social lives of well-crafted characters in Southern California as they strive to lift the quality of their lives in a modern world. Bill and Yvonne Smede want the world to see their marriage as perfect until Yvonne becomes alienated by Bill’s frivolousness; Gary and Scott are out looking for great people and a good time, and Irene Hoffman is a woman who feels stressed with work and who revels in simple pleasures like coffee and cigarettes yet one with big dreams. Such are characters that appear in this spellbinding tale.
David Dorrough’s Revolution is a novel that is rich in the seasons of life it evokes and in its social commentaries. The characters are fully drawn as well as the fascinating setting in Southern California, and readers will enjoy the blustery ride alongside characters who are in turn, hilarious and deeply flawed, characters that are written into situations and contexts that are familiar to readers. The writing is gorgeous and punctuated by sparkling dialogues; the detailed descriptions offer strong imagery and plunge readers into the exciting inner worlds of these characters. The book is inventive and hugely imaginative while offering a realistic perspective on life with characters that deal with situations readers are confronted with every day. The author’s ingenious attempt to answer some of the pressing questions middle-aged Americans face blends with compelling reflections on social issues to make this book deserving of a wide readership.