Calvin Bledsoe who is in near 50 but is still like a child in some respects. He has lived at home with his preacher mother who wrote a best selling novel on John Calvin and his father after divorcing his wife Dawn after two years of marriage. She moved to Charlotte and he didn’t want to. She calls all the time and still wants him (they both blog for pellet-stove company). Things with Calvin are going downhill. His father dies and then his mother dies in a freak accident being hit by a train.
Then one day an Aunt Beatrice show up (his mother’s twin sister), that he never knew about. She says they’re going to Europe and has had a passport made for him. She’s a spitfire of a woman. She tells tales, doesn’t say anything, could be lying and he has no clue what to believe about her. He has no plans to go off to Europe with her. But then he finds himself on a plane heading to Europe. Beatrice has an agenda that she slowly reveals but is also very cryptic about. Everyday Calvin is amazed at what is going on. He wants answers from her and sometimes gets some and others he doesn’t. She is looking for someone that she betrayed years ago.
As all this is going, his ex Dawn is stalking him, a mysterious man is also on their trail. Calvin meets a woman named Caroline that he has great sex with and then he’s kidnapped. It all leads to a showdown party where various people show up, questions are answered and shocking reveals are made. With the question finally being asked and answered Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?
This is one of the most fun, quirky, strange, over the top, interesting books you may ever read. The character of Calvin may be the best of the year along with his Aunt Beatrice. The adventure is so much fun and with twists and turns you won’t want to put the book down. This is one of the best books all year!
You can pick up Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? in stores on Tuesday, August 27th from Algonquin.