My Name is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde is an historical fiction book that explores a variety of themes. The characters are well-developed and the writing is beautiful. This story is written in classic Catherine Ryan Hyde style with a huge focus on characters and societal issues.Title: My Name is Anton
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with a hopeful novel of sacrifice, two lost souls, and enduring love.
It’s 1965, and life has taken a turn for eighteen-year-old Anton Addison-Rice. Nearly a year after his brother died in a tragic accident, Anton is still wounded—physically and emotionally. Alone for the holidays, he catches a glimpse of his neighbor Edith across the street one evening and realizes that she’s in danger.
Anton is determined to help Edith leave her abusive marriage. Frightened and fifteen years Anton’s senior, Edith is slow to trust. But when she needs a safe place to stay, she lets down her guard, and over the course of ten days an unlikely friendship grows. As Anton falls hopelessly and selflessly in love, Edith fears both her husband finding her and Anton getting hurt. She must disappear without telling anyone where she’s going—even Anton.
If keeping Edith safe means letting her go, Anton will say goodbye forever. Or so he believes. What would happen, though, if one day their paths should cross again?
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Book Review: My Name is Anton
Anton is a protagonist that has had a harsh childhood, yet seems to have figured his way through life by following the advice of those who care about him. He is a flawed, yet relatable and interesting character. As the story progresses from 1965 to 2000, we see Anton transform from a teenager into an adult. He has such a strong moral compass that seems to guide him through many tough realities of life.
❀ Novel Touches on Many Themes
As can be found in any novel written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the characters must deal with many hardships. This novel touches on quite a few themes, but the main theme that pulses throughout the story is understanding what love is. The societal issues that are dealt with in the novel include domestic abuse, disability, suicide, and grief. These are hard-hitting issues that are examined with great care by the author.
❀ A book that digs deep
My Name is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a novel that fans of the author’s previous works will appreciate. It is a book that digs deep and will give the reader lots to digest.