Hollow

Hollow

When Oliver Bonds loses his toddler son and undergoes intense legal scrutiny over his involvement, grief engulfs him completely. His life is upended, costing Oliver his wife, home, and faith. Three years after his son’s death, Oliver has gravitated to the fringes of society. Once a revered university professor, he now lives in a shack without electricity behind a nail salon and frequents the soup kitchen where he used to volunteer.

It’s only when befriended by Lyle, a bombastic, over-sexed con-artist with a passion for conspiracy theories, that Oliver begins to reengage with the world. Inspired by Lyle and a community of eccentrics, Oliver becomes convinced that the Earth is hollow and holds a true Eden. Desperate to find a place where he can escape his past, Oliver chases after the most unlikely of miracles.

With unforgettable characters, wild imagery, and dark humor, Hollow explores the depths of doubt and hope, stretching past grief and into the space where we truly begin to heal.

Title:Hollow
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781619029408
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    Hollow Reviews

  • Theresa

    One of the best novels I've read about grief. Such a powerful and underrated little book. The writing is emotional and profound. My major complaint was the ending. The last 50 pages or so were extreme...

  • Brad

    Hollow is a haunting, hypnotic meditation on the struggle to recover from staggering loss. Author Owen Egerton drew me in to his story and kept me entranced the whole way through. When a toddler sudde...

  • Jessmc

    I cannot imagine the grief a person would go through after losing a child. I imagine that Oliver's downward spiral is a pretty good estimation of real life. Especialy as he was also accused of killing...

  • Knobby

    Sometimes a book kinda reaches out and gets a soft hold on you. Doesn't grip you or anything, just worms it way into your head and you realize that it feels real. That was the surprise of Egerton's Ho...

  • Michelle Lancaster

    LITERARY FICTIONOwen EgertonHollow: A NovelSoft Skull PressHardcover, 978-1-6190-2940-8, (also available as an e-book), 240 pgs., $26.00July 11, 2017Oliver Bonds has come undone, losing everything aft...

  • WndyJW

    I had not heard of Owen Egerton before I heard NPR list Hollow as one the best books of 2107. Hollow is a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Job, a Godly man God sorely tested to prove Job's fa...

  • Brandon

    Jeez, this book got heavy quickly. I'm not even sure how to describe this. A book about loss, generally. A loss of faith, direction, motivation, and family. But it's so much more than that! All I can ...

  • Jeni Sullivan

    Semi-interesting, but the story doesn't really feel complete. Picked this up at the library before jury duty selection. ...

  • Emily Duchon

    wow. holey-moley.pain in my heart after this one. oliver bonds loses his son miles tragically, and cannot seem to get his life together afterwards. he loses his great job at the university, his pretty...

  • Cecily Sailer

    This is a deftly calibrated novel that charts one man's reclamation of his own life after hitting about as low a bottom as you can find. The protagonist has lost his son, and the author wisely sets up...