The Meandering Social Worker

wandering : wondering : learning

East of the Mountains

Social workers get to do lots of reading on the job sometimes it’s nice to take in a bit of fiction, but if you’re a bit like me you often find even your fiction has a touch of social work in the story.  If that’s you then this book might be for you.

East of the Mountains by David Guterman

Following the story of a dying man, as he thinks to take his own life before he is no longer able to make such decisions, this book challenges the reader to think not only about life and death but the impact of our lives and decisions on others around us.  Emotionally challenging it is inevitable there can be no happy ending as such, but this book is a rewarding read, one that doesn’t skim over the surface common among fiction for the masses, one that leaves you with a sense of having been involved in one man’s life and the road he takes as he comes to terms with what he concludes he must accept.  To say more would give away too much information.


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