The last time Izzy saw his mother’s trailer was through the rear window of a Dodge Aries driven by a social worker with the Florida Department of Children and Families. He was four years old. He spent the remainder of his childhood bouncing around the state foster care system. Always the outsider, introverted and awkward, he assumed he was exempt from things like friendship and love … until he met Scarlett McGhee.
From the sugar-white sand dunes of Pensacola Beach to the murderous Arthur G. Dozier reform school, from strip clubs to emergency rooms, from trap houses to courthouses to prison cells, On the Shoulders of Giants chronicles the intersecting journeys of a foster kid and a project kid as they battle and stumble their way through adolescence into adulthood.
An exploration of race, part memoir, part coming-of-age, part thriller, part love story, this transcendent novel defies genre. A book within a book. More than a story, a living organism. A legacy. The only child of Ezra “Izzy” James.
On the Shoulders of Giants is a multi-layered novel with many plot avenues which are all perfectly weaved together by the exceptional author Malcolm Ivey. The reader in On the Shoulders of Giants will be taken on a poignant and thought-provoking journey that will make you feel a host of feelings from start to finish. The reader will be introduced to Izzy and Pharaoh whose lives intersect as we follow them from their youth into adulthood. Izzy when he was just four years old was ripped away from his mother by social services and spent the rest of his youth bouncing around from home to home in the foster care system. Pharaoh Sinclair also grew up facing many hardships after being born in a women’s correctional facility and then spent his life on a housing project where crime was commonplace. The reader will follow the two as they try to find their footing in life and navigate prison, foster care, drugs, love, friendship and so much more and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible On the Shoulders of Giants!
The story of On the Shoulders of Giants is excellent and incredibly well-developed thanks to Malcolm Ivey, the author of the book. Ivey manages to develop his world with immaculate detail; every event, character, and setting is well thought out and planned, and I was impressed by Ivey’s flawless ability to do this. As I read On the Shoulders of Giants, I immediately was drawn into the book and felt captivated by Ivey’s literature, and this is for many reasons. The main reason is that Ivey’s literature is detailed in the most immaculate of ways, the text is detailed but not heavy, and it is beautifully written so that the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the story from beginning to end without difficulty.
While reading On the Shoulders of Giants, the reader will be able to feel Malcolm Ivey’s pursuit of literary perfection and his drive to entertain readers. Ivey’s riveting tale keeps the pages turning of their own accord, and it makes for such captivating reading! Ivey seamlessly hooks the reader and immediately immerses the reader in his world through his fast-paced writing style, beautifully detailed descriptions, and flawless character integration.
Overall On the Shoulders of Giants sends you into a tailspin of a journey packed full of thought-provoking and unforgettable moments. Once you pick up On the Shoulders of Giants you won’t be able to put it down…I know I couldn’t! Of course, with such a fantastic and poignant piece of literature, I have to award On the Shoulders of Giants five stars! So please do have a read of the preview below book lovers, you do not want to miss out!
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