Author Brendan Lemon took this reader on a carousel of emotions, stirring up lost memories and emotions this reader had long forgotten in a moving novel: LAST NIGHT. John (an American) is a 1980’s prisoner in a Cuban prison and does not know his fate when morning dawns. Unsure if he will be executed, John writes his final thoughts in a continuous letter to his younger Cuban lover. In the letter John openly details their short relationship, his life, his thoughts and fears to Eduardo. In writing the letter, John reveals the circumstances that occurred which brought him to this, possibly his last night on Earth.
This is not a light read by any means especially if you allow the emotions to permeate your being. By allowing your own emotions to surface and draw you into this stirring story, you will not only be reading, but experiencing the emotions along with John in this very personal confession.
I would have given this read a rating of 4, but I found the pretentious wording like speed bumps on a road, causing the flow of the story to momentarily jerk me out of the story. But then again, when I was young, I too dated a much older man and his words were just as pretentious as John’s. So let’s just say, maybe that’s a personal preference and not a flaw in Mr. Lemon’s writing style, but a flaw that I found (as a youth) irritated me in my own older lover. With that said, I raise my rating to a 4++ out of 5.