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  1. Louise Wilson Louise Wilson says:

    An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment and ends up sleeping in Central Park She meets a Vietnam Vet and widower who has inherited a tumbledown Borscht Belt resort that s been converted into a halfway house for homeless veterans.The strong characters in this book deal with war, love and loss The difficulty returning soldiers have to go through The book does have a slow start that might put some readers off Not usually my type of book but I did quite enjoy it.I would like to tha An Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment and ends up sleeping in Central Park She meets a Vietnam Vet and widower who has inherited a tumbledown Borscht Belt resort that s been converted into a halfway house for homeless veterans.The strong characters in this book deal with war, love and loss The difficulty returning soldiers have to go through The book does have a slow start that might put some readers off Not usually my type of book but I did quite enjoy it.I would like to thank NetGalley, St Martins Press and the author Jay Baron Nicorvo for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  2. Jay Nicorvo Jay Nicorvo says:

    No Love in the Writer, No Love in the Reader My former sister in law deployed to Iraq in 2008 as part of the surge Her MOS Military Occupational Specialty was 88M, motor transport operator She drove trucks, one of the most dangerous jobs in the Army About halfway through her difficult deployment, my brother got word she was having an affair with another soldier After fifteen months, her tour ended, and she returned stateside Stationed a couple thousand miles from my brother, she cut of No Love in the Writer, No Love in the Reader My former sister in law deployed to Iraq in 2008 as part of the surge Her MOS Military Occupational Specialty was 88M, motor transport operator She drove trucks, one of the most dangerous jobs in the Army About halfway through her difficult deployment, my brother got word she was having an affair with another soldier After fifteen months, her tour ended, and she returned stateside Stationed a couple thousand miles from my brother, she cut off all communication None of us could reach her e mailing, calling, texting we had no idea what had become of her In that absence of information, while my brother went out of his mind with grief and confusion, I did what writers do I went into my mind I worked to imagine what could ve happened, and I did so partly out of a sense of guilt I did not love my sister in law I didn t even like her much I tolerated her because my brother loved her It s sad shameful really but I ve found it s my lot I fail as a person I m awkward, anxious, or angry in my dealings with family, friends, and strangers In the face of my social shortcomings, which are legion, I try, after the fact, to right them by rewriting them Sometimes I find my way toward empathy Occasionally, when I write long and hard enough, running myself through the full wringer of human emotions, I reach something that approximates love While my brother s marriage gradually dissolved, I spent the next five years in daily communion with a make believe woman inspired by my sister in law In the early going, she, the main character of my first novel, The Standard Grand, bore a resemblance, at least on the surface, to my sister in law But the longer I spent with her, theshe asserted herself, becoming an individual Divorced from me and my preconceptions, and sharing only a few cursory details a military job, a home state with the woman who spurred her into being, she assumes selfhood She takes on a name, Specialist Antebellum Smith, and a roster of nicknames Bellum, Ant, Bang Bang She has a dog and a dirty mouth With every nuance, every telltale detail, she comeslovingly to life But what is love to a novelist In Diane Ackerman s A Natural History of Love, she tells us When I set a glass prism on a windowsill and allow the sun to flood through it, a spectrum of colors dances on the floor What we call white is a rainbow of colored rays packed into a small space The prism sets them free Love is the white light of emotion When we love someone, what we feel for this person is the full range of affect This, according to Ackerman, is love Love is not an emotion Love is all emotion And there aren t all that many The dominant theory holds that there are merely six basics anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise When I m trying to create a major character, I m attempting to evoke in myself through the thought, action, and talk of that character every last one of those six emotions When I ultimately do if I do I come to love her This is my consolation Love, the life giving breath And if I do love her, dear reader, then maybe you will too excerpted from an essay in Poets Writers Jan Feb 2017


  3. Oreoandlucy Oreoandlucy says:

    Acomplete review is available on my blog book just didn t hit the spot for me Most of the story dragged I didn t find it humorous and the mystery wasn t enough to keep my attention I actually had to leave this book several times and come back to it while reading other books in order to finish it There were some questions that I had throughout the book but the book ended without ever answering those questions, ruining any chance of any myster Acomplete review is available on my blog book just didn t hit the spot for me Most of the story dragged I didn t find it humorous and the mystery wasn t enough to keep my attention I actually had to leave this book several times and come back to it while reading other books in order to finish it There were some questions that I had throughout the book but the book ended without ever answering those questions, ruining any chance of any mystery with a climactic ending The writing is strange and very choppy I did enjoy Bellum s character and Bellum s story about her childhood and marriage made me understand why she did certain things later Most of the characters were very interesting but I think I enjoyed their back storiesthan I enjoyed the story about The Standard Grande and IRJ s reasons for wanting to buy it This book did have some information about PTSD but I think I would have enjoyed the storyif it had focused on those aspects Overall, I just didn t like this book I think it would be good for someone that enjoys military banter and doesn t mind when a mystery is not solved at the end of a novel It just wasn t my cup of tea, though Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advanced copy of this book for review purposes All opinions are my own


  4. Michael Ferro Michael Ferro says:

    To me, the most beautiful thing about Jay Baron Nicorvo s THE STANDARD GRAND was its unwillingness to cast away the dark skies gathering over America Instead, Nicorvo gives us a beacon of hope in these increasingly troubled times With the language of a poet, Nicorvo brings a vivid imagery and relentless beauty to his narrative, creating an entirely lyrical world for the reader.Much like DeLillo, Nicorvo has also mastered the art of witty, realistic dialogue like few others I ve read His char To me, the most beautiful thing about Jay Baron Nicorvo s THE STANDARD GRAND was its unwillingness to cast away the dark skies gathering over America Instead, Nicorvo gives us a beacon of hope in these increasingly troubled times With the language of a poet, Nicorvo brings a vivid imagery and relentless beauty to his narrative, creating an entirely lyrical world for the reader.Much like DeLillo, Nicorvo has also mastered the art of witty, realistic dialogue like few others I ve read His characters speak with compassion and a dynamic resolve that we ourselves feel, breaking our hearts in one sentence and making us laugh our heads off in the next Most of all, this is a truly important novel It is no secret that the soul of our country is wounded we have an American disease Nicorvo forces us to face the cold, hard facts of this diagnosis and won t let us turn away, but we soon realize that we don t want to, because as an author, he s done his job so well and given us an astute, entertaining story THE STANDARD GRAND is the medicine our minds need This is a must read book


  5. Donna Davis Donna Davis says:

    A loaded gun wants to go off Critics have compared Nicorvo s brilliant debut novel to the work of Heller, and indeed, it seems destined to become the go to story of those that have served in the unwinnable morass created by the US government against the people of the Middle East a drawdown war forever flaring up It s created a tremendous amount of buzz already I was lucky enough to read it free and in advance for the purpose of a review, thanks to Net Galley and St Martin s Press, but to A loaded gun wants to go off Critics have compared Nicorvo s brilliant debut novel to the work of Heller, and indeed, it seems destined to become the go to story of those that have served in the unwinnable morass created by the US government against the people of the Middle East a drawdown war forever flaring up It s created a tremendous amount of buzz already I was lucky enough to read it free and in advance for the purpose of a review, thanks to Net Galley and St Martin s Press, but today it s available to the public You should buy it and read it, maybethan once The story starts with a list of the characters involved, but the way it s presented provides a tantalizing taste of the author s voice The page heading tells us these are The Concerns , and the subheadings divide them into practical categories, such as The Smith Family, the Employees of IRJ, Inc., and The Veterans of The Standard Grande misspelling is mentioned later in the story Then we proceed to list The Beasts, and The Dead, and The Rest, and right then I know this is going to be good Antebellum Smith is our protagonist, and she s AWOL, half out of her mind due to PTSD, anxiety, and grief She s sleeping in a tree in New York City s Central Park when Wright finds her there and invites her to join his encampment at The Standard Grand Here the walking wounded function as best they can in what was once an upscale resort One of the most immediately noticeable aspects of the story is the way extreme luxury and miserable, wretched poverty slam up against one another Although the veterans are grateful for The Standard Grand, the fact is that without central heat, with caved in ceilings, rot, and dangerous disrepair, the place resembles a Third World nation muchthan it resembles the wealthiest nation on the planet On the other hand, it s also perched, unbeknownst to most of its denizens, on top of a valuable vein of fossil fuel, and the IRJ, Incorporated is sending Evangelina Cavek, their landsman, out in a well appointed private jet to try to close the deal with Wright She is ordered off the property, and from there things go straight to hell.Secondary and side characters are introduced at warp speed, and at first I highlight and number them in my reader, afraid I ll lose track of who s who Although I do refer several times to that wonderful list, which is happily located right at the beginning where there s no need for a bookmark, I am also amazed at how well each character is made known to me Nicorvo is talented at rendering characters in tight, snapshot like sketches that trace for us, with a few phrases and deeds, an immediate picture that is resonant and lasting Well drawn settings and quirky characters remind me at first of author James Lee Burke on the other hand, the frequently surreal events, sometimes fall down funny, sometimes dark and pulse pounding, make me think of Michael Chabon and Kurt Vonnegut But nothing here is derivative The descriptions of the main setting, The Standard Grand, are meted out with discipline, and it pays off.As for Smith, she still has nightmares, still wakes up to the voices of all the boys and girls of the wars Afghan, Iraqi, American like a choir lost in a dust storm There s so muchhere, and you re going to have to go get it for yourself It s gritty, profane, and requires a reasonably strong vocabulary level I m tempted to say it isn t for the squeamish, yet I think the squeamish may need it most Strongly recommended for those that love excellent fiction


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this new authors novel A ragtag group of vets have holes up in the Catskills in a defunk resort Also chasing their own pts demons Soon to join them is a female deserter with PTSD after two tours running from a 3rd deployment and an abusive husband Add in a land manager scouting for a company with a lot of shady dealings great read


  7. Si Braybrooke Si Braybrooke says:

    A Vietnam vet, vets from recent theatres of war, a deserter, civil rights, Alzheimer s, a run down holiday village in the Catskills, big business corruption and intimidation sounds a lot to cram into one book But it manages to also squeeze in a big cat mauling and death, a fair amount This is a hard book to get into, you are literally thrown around from page to page for the first quarter or so, trying to keep track of characters and plots although it does have a helpful index of the charac A Vietnam vet, vets from recent theatres of war, a deserter, civil rights, Alzheimer s, a run down holiday village in the Catskills, big business corruption and intimidation sounds a lot to cram into one book But it manages to also squeeze in a big cat mauling and death, a fair amount This is a hard book to get into, you are literally thrown around from page to page for the first quarter or so, trying to keep track of characters and plots although it does have a helpful index of the characters in the front However, once you are past this and starting to click everything together this turns into a real mover, delving deep into how society treats its war veterans and although set in the US there are a lot of common themes which can be identified with a British reader about how we also see vets, and how there isn t enough assistance for them when they return, but also how, unless you ve been there, its difficult to understand and realise the anguish and pain that returning soldiers have to work through to reintegrate These strong characters are interwoven into a story, of war, love, hope and loss Don t expect a happy ending, but don t expect a sad ending, just see how the book challenges and tests you A great book, but not a light read, the one downside is quite a few military acronyms are used which really would be helpful to be footnoted at the bottom of the page with their meaning, that and a map of the Grande site would help with visualisation But apart from that I m very glad I persevered


  8. Cathy Geha Cathy Geha says:

    The Standard Grand by Jay Baron NicorvoThis is not my usual reading fare When I was finished I was ready for something lighter with a happily ever after ending In one novel everything but the kitchen sink seemed to end up being discussed big business, war s , PTSD, atrocities, abuse, love, marriage, divorce, AWOL, war veterans, murder, religion, do gooders, abortion, adoption, the right to die, infidelity, intercultural relationships, anger, spying, homelessness, evil goodness the list goes o The Standard Grand by Jay Baron NicorvoThis is not my usual reading fare When I was finished I was ready for something lighter with a happily ever after ending In one novel everything but the kitchen sink seemed to end up being discussed big business, war s , PTSD, atrocities, abuse, love, marriage, divorce, AWOL, war veterans, murder, religion, do gooders, abortion, adoption, the right to die, infidelity, intercultural relationships, anger, spying, homelessness, evil goodness the list goes on It all fits in but does make for a long convoluted plot that left me wondering Wondering about what A lot of things mostly the things brought up in the book Who would I recommend this book to Tough question Readers who are interested in war veterans, big business, intrigue and are willing to think about the bigger picture while reading snippets of the lives of the bit players It will require the reader to stick with the book through the slow background building that is crucial in all of its parts when woven together And it is no doubt best for people not looking for simple easy to read books that always have a HEA or HFN ending.I am still pondering as I sit here In some ways I wish the book had a different ending BUT perhaps the ending I wanted would not have left me pondering and thinking as this story s end did.Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for the ARC This is my honest review 5 Stars


  9. Mindy Gough Mindy Gough says:

    This book wanted to be so macho The phrasing, the descriptions, the plot were all male centered and jarring I kept reading, thinking it might get better, but it didn t.


  10. Geoff Greene Geoff Greene says:

    Note I received this book as part of a Goodreads promotional giveaway.While I don t lend a lot of credence to the summaries on the back of dust jackets, the one that appears on The Standard Grand did a poor job of gearing me for the story I was about to read From the description, I thought I was going to read something similar to Carl Hiaasen or El Leonard with larger than life characters and hijinks That is not the case and the book offers an interesting story if you ignore the pers Note I received this book as part of a Goodreads promotional giveaway.While I don t lend a lot of credence to the summaries on the back of dust jackets, the one that appears on The Standard Grand did a poor job of gearing me for the story I was about to read From the description, I thought I was going to read something similar to Carl Hiaasen or El Leonard with larger than life characters and hijinks That is not the case and the book offers an interesting story if you ignore the perspective the plot summary sets up for you.The writing is well done but perhaps a bit bogged down at times Perhaps this is the authors intention, to get across the Vets sense of being stuck If it is than well done since I moved very slowly through this book, only reading 10 or so pages a night for a week before becoming interested enough to read 20 The author is very fluent in military jargon and uses it well but that does cause a civvy brain to parse the page slower.While the characters that are introduced are interesting, there are quite a few that I was left wondering why the author even bothered That continues to the setting, the titular Standard Grand which seems like an afterthought to most of the characters in the book, not something they need to hold on to or defend I did enjoy Bellum and Ray, their relationship, their perspectives were interesting and engrossing to read.That the book tackles the topic of veterans and their difficulty returning home or returning to the front or lack thereof is great and is sorely needed now To truly understand and explore the issues soldiers face is crucial


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The Standard Grand ❰PDF❯ ✪ The Standard Grand Author Jay Baron Nicorvo – Thomashillier.co.uk A desperate masterpiece of a debut that tells a huge hearted American saga of love, violence, war, conspiracy and the aftermath of them allWhen an Army trucker goes AWOL before her third deployment, s A desperate masterpiece of a debut that tells a huge hearted American saga of love, violence, war, conspiracy and the aftermath of them allWhen an Army trucker goes AWOL before The Standard PDF \ her third deployment, she ends up sleeping in Central Park There, she meets a Vietnam vet and widower who inherited a tumbledown Borscht Belt resort Converted into a halfway house for homeless veterans, the Standard and its two thousand acres over the Marcellus Shale Formation is coveted by a Houston based multinational company Toward what end, only a corporate executive knowsWith three violent acts at its center a mauling, a shooting, a mysterious death decades in the past and set largely in the Catskills, The Standard Grand spans an epic year in the lives of its diverse cast a female veteran protagonist, a Mesoamerican lesbian landman, a mercenary security contractor keeping secrets and seeking answers, a conspiratorial gang of combat vets fighting to get peaceably by, and a cougar along with appearances by Sammy Davis, Jr and Senator Al Franken All of the characters soldiers, civilians struggle to discover that what matters most is not that they ve caused no harm, but how they make amends for the harm they ve causedThe Standard Grand confronts a glaring cultural omission the absence of women in our war stories Like the best of its characters who aspire to goodness than greatness this American novel hopes to darn a hole or two in the frayed national fabric Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of AMERICAN SALVAGE and ONCE UPON A RIVER.