All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays
Erik Tarloff
Publisher: Erik Tarloff;  (May 21, 2014)
Kindle Edition $8.69, Amazon Paperback $15.15

AllOurYesterdaysThis is the sort of novel I really love.

All Our Yesterdays is the story of a group of friends and lovers. It follows them through their days at U.C. Berkeley up until the present. None of them can manage to leave the Berkeley orbit for long, and the bulk of the story takes place in Berkeley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Zeke is the protagonist. His childhood friend from the Los Angeles area is Stan. Zeke falls in love with Molly, a young woman from the rural Midwest, his sophomore year at Berkeley and eventually marries her years later after much water has flowed under the bridge. Liam is the writer who eventually marries Melanie, a high school friend of Zeke’s. Corin is the radical activist bad guy who is responsible for most of (if not all) the Sturm und Drang in the book.

Tarloff uses an interesting convention. He alternates between the time period of 1968 through 2003 and what he calls “Now ” in the chapter headings. The earlier period is narrated in the first person from Zeke’s perspective while the Now chapters are narrated by that omniscient third person narrator.

All Our Yesterdays is an enjoyable, engaging novel.

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