Foy is a minister who can no longer make sense of the religious world into which he was born. A strange bus journey to the heart of New Orleans marks his exit from a familiar life and a rebirth into a new reality. But the secular world is a strange and lonely place for Foy. His identity as a clergyman is more deeply embedded in his soul than he thought.
The same impulse that guides Hester Prynne to shape her future in The Scarlet Letter guides Atkinson’s Foy. Foy is determined to chart his own course rather than allowing others to define who he is. A series of flashbacks to his childhood and his time as an unorthodox minister give us clues to the forces that shaped this man and a glimpse at what may be in store for him.
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“Foy is a Beautiful and Honest Journey of Memories”
Five Star Review on AmazonFoy: On the Road to Lost is an insightful look at one man’s journey through life. The book starts out when Foy leaves the ministry and heads off to New Orleans. The rest of the book is a series of Foy’s memory snapshots from childhood to adulthood. While each section could stand alone, reading them in sequence shows Foy’s interesting progression of choices, mistakes, and life-changing moments.
What makes Foy so captivating is that we all have those moments or events in our lives that stand out in our memories. Some of these events seem innocuous, but they must be significant enough to have survived that long-term memory cut. Foy’s memory snapshots are funny, heartbreaking, awkward, and mundane, just like life. The episode in Foy’s life that affected me the most is about Foy’s encounter with the most bullied kid in school, David Friedman. Foy tries, but he inevitably succumbs to the sad yet often realistic need to remain distanced from that bullied kid, lest he be bullied as well. This decision to shun David obviously haunts Foy throughout his life.
Foy: On the Road to Lost by Gordon Atkinson is simple and unassuming, yet it hits the reader hard because pretty much everyone has retained those haunting memories, has made the wrong (or seemingly wrong) life decisions, has been crushed by love, has experienced severe doubts about faith and religion, and has encountered both loving and hurtful people.
Foy Davis is each and every one of us, and this sweet collection of memories encourages us to examine and celebrate our own special (and sometimes difficult) memories.
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