Harry Rechthart always knew how to laugh, but laughter can hide a lot of pain that’s drowned by the bottle and good times. He grew up the joker in the early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio, but as he enters adulthood, conflict splits him. His once close relationship with his brother, Erik, breaks as they come into their own and Erik goes off to college. No longer under Erik’s shadow, Harry feels he might finally shine and make others see him as someone to be proud of. Harry finds an unlikely comrade who understands how he feels–his younger sister, Hannah. Once free of high school, Harry and Hannah double date sister and brother, Kat and Will Jones, attending wild, extravagant parties during the years of Prohibition. Harry thinks he’s won at life–he’s found love in Kat, in a good time, and in the bottle. But all the light goes out fast when Harry’s alcoholism leads to disastrous consequences for him and Kat.
Harry thinks the joke’s on him now that he’s sunk lower than ever. He’s in jail. He’s pushed away his family. He’s a broken man, but in the darkest depths of a prison cell, there is hope. Can Harry rebuild his life and learn that true laughter comes from knowing true joy, or will he bury himself once and for all in this laughing matter of pain?
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Cynthia Hudson is an author I’ve heard lots about but have never had the chance to read before. I’m so glad to have read The Laughing Matter Of Pain as I thought it a very interesting and thought provoking book.
The author really brings the 1920’s and the prohibition era to life with her fantastic descriptions of wild parties where lots of bath tub gin was drunk. I’ve often thought I’d like to have been alive in this era so enjoyed experiencing it all alongside the characters.
Harry was a very intriguing and relatable character that you couldn’t help but like. I felt very sorry for him living under the shadow of his brother and for all that befalls him. He seems such a real character as he isn’t perfect and makes mistakes. This means it was very easy to get behind him and hope that things go well for him. His attempts to change were very sweet to read about and I admired his bravery to face up to his problems.
The book covers some serious subjects in alcoholism and whether you can tell when people are hiding a problem. The author sensitively addresses this problem without over dramatising it and therefore makes it seem very real. Facts are cleverly mixed into the story and I found it fascinating to learn more about the problem.
This is the author’s third book but the first I’ve read and I’ll definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future. If you are a fan of well written, fascinating historical fiction then you’ll love this book.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay at home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she has stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.