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Full of Crow comes Full Circle

That was Then/ This is Now, a review

Only several pages into Erik Tarloff’s novel All Our Yesterdays, I knew I was going to adore it. Was it na├»ve optimism? Was the plotline already so riveting I didn’t think I’d ever be able to put it down? Maybe a little of both, but the simplest reason was because I immediately loved the protagonist. The story begins with a first person recollection of when he, Zeke, met his love, Molly, at a party in 1968. Through this flashback, the reader gets a glimpse into the decent, good guy he is and will prove to be over time.
The setting is Berkeley in the late 60s and early 70s, a backdrop of rapid social change and heightened political awareness, juxtaposed with contemporary Berkeley. Because of Tarloff’s masterful construction, one is not reliant only on Zeke’s first person account, which occurs in the chapters from the past. These “then” segments shift back and forth with “now” chapters delivered in third person. As enjoyable as Zeke’s perspective is, it’s helpful for the reader to get …

Lost in Fatherhood, a book review