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Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same ❴Ebook❵ ➠ Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same Author Mattox Roesch – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Troubled Cesar in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, because his Eskimo mother has moved home where she hopes they can both carve out a fresh start But he s convinced he s just biding his time until he ca Troubled Cesar in the middle of Always Real eBook ☆ nowhere, Alaska, because his Eskimo mother has moved home where she hopes they can both carve out a fresh start But he s convinced Sometimes We're PDF or he s just biding his time until he can get back to LA Cesar s charmingly offbeat cousin, Go boy, is equally convinced that Cesar will stay And so they set We're Always Real Epub Ù a wager If Cesar is still in Unalakleet in a year, he has to get a copy of Go boy s Eskimo Jesus tattooAt first Cesar considers Go boy half crazy, but over time in this village, with his father absent and his brother in jail for murder, Cesar begins to see the beauty and hope Go boy represents Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same is the surprising story of a young man finding his way and his place in a world that can seem both too large and too small What Cesar finally discovers is the power of friendship and the potential positive strength that springs from a tight knit community He learns the ways in which becoming a part of that community, though at times scary and restrictive, can also be fulfilling and even exhilarating.


About the Author: Mattox Roesch

Born in , he grew up Always Real eBook ☆ in Minnesota, lived in Minneapolis for ten years and played drums in an indie rock back, designed and peddled skateboards, and founded the T Sometimes We're PDF or shirt printing operation Screenarchy His stories have appeared in The Sun, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Redivider, AGNI online, and the Best American Nonrequired Reading For them, he We're Always Real Epub Ù has received a Pushcart Prize honorable mention, Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and was a finalist for a Bush Artist Fellowship His debut novel, Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same, was published by Unbridled Books in September He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Unalakleet, AK.



10 thoughts on “Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same

  1. Audrey Audrey says:

    N.B Really 4 1 2 stars I ll admit it the only reason I wanted to read this book was because the title sounded cool, and I liked the author s name, Mattox But make no mistake, this book was powerful It s also not about what you think it s about the story is not the story you expect it to be.It starts off when Cesar, an L.A gang member, moves to small town Unalakleet, Alaska with his mom, a native Eskimo, when his brother is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder When he arrives, he bef N.B Really 4 1 2 stars I ll admit it the only reason I wanted to read this book was because the title sounded cool, and I liked the author s name, Mattox But make no mistake, this book was powerful It s also not about what you think it s about the story is not the story you expect it to be.It starts off when Cesar, an L.A gang member, moves to small town Unalakleet, Alaska with his mom, a native Eskimo, when his brother is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder When he arrives, he befriends his cousin, Go Boy, and their relationship, along with Unalakleet, or rather, Unk, changes his life One might even say it saves his life And maybe it saves Go s life, too Go Boy and Cesar are such well developed, emotionally real characters that I wouldn t be surprised if I ran into them if I ever find myself in Unalakleet The idea that the descriptions and reactions and emotions of these two people without them actually existing is just baffling to me Even the lesser characters, some of whom we only saw once or twice, were so real, as were their struggles I ve read that some find these characters flat and undeveloped, but I disagree I just found them REAL.I think when it boils down to it, Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same is the story of the importance of being loved, of feeling needed, of feeling connected to other people It is also the story of hope Roesch gets the feeling of living in a small, disconnected town down to a T, and each of the characters represents some different aspect of what it must be like Go Boy with his craziness and his idealism, Cesar s mom with her desire to be Native, Cesar with his desire to fit in, Kiana with her NEED to get out, It moved me in such a way that I find myself desperately wanting to move to a small town like Unk, to live the life that I experienced so vividly through this book It s hard to really explain why, but there was something about this book that jumped out at me and screamed Live life to the fullest Be grateful for every moment Normally, I can tell if the feeling a book gives me is the feeling intended by the author, but in this one I really just can t And that s a good thing here Let people take whatever positive message they choose from it Mattox Roesch s debut novel is gripping and enchanting, and any reader will without a doubt find themselves wildly caught up in the emotions and the follies of all of the characters This book is an extremely enjoyable read that comes highly recommended by Brizmus Blogs Books


  2. Terry Terry says:

    I really wanted to like this book, but I felt constantly frustrated by the story telling For me the biggest problem was that the novel lacked forward momentum at various points in the novel, information would be revealed, and then the narrator would go into a flashback to tell what had happened Perhaps the most frustrating of these moments is the big reveal of Go Boy s break up with Valerie, which should be the climax of the novel, but feelslike a recap of information the reader already I really wanted to like this book, but I felt constantly frustrated by the story telling For me the biggest problem was that the novel lacked forward momentum at various points in the novel, information would be revealed, and then the narrator would go into a flashback to tell what had happened Perhaps the most frustrating of these moments is the big reveal of Go Boy s break up with Valerie, which should be the climax of the novel, but feelslike a recap of information the reader already mostly knew While the narrator s voice emerges from this style, and he turns into a thoughtful protagonist, this choice also makes the novel feel aimless As a reader, I kept thinking, Okay, what new thing will happen to characters next rather than have the characters propel the plot forward And, a lot does happen from comas to death to gang rape to soliciting Yoko Ono for money and yet none of the events quite packed a punch the novel sustained a melancholy mood, but didn t quite have the necessary peaks and valleys, perhaps because everything felt a bit directionless Overall, as a slice of life portrait, the novel was intermittently interesting the parts involving fish counting, repairing the hole in the floor, tearing down the prison, and the final race at the end were the best but I wanted evento situate the novel in a specific time and place, and a bitof a narrative thread to make me care about the characters and their lives


  3. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    How do I describe this book Northern Exposure meets Gran Torino Ordinary Wolves meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Better to say that this novel is an utter original, one that combines the quirkiness of the misfits that end up in Alaska with the tragic possibilities presented by the bleak landscape, the winters without light, and the limited economic opportunities Basically, it s a story about the friendship between Cesar, a gangbanger from L.A whose brother has been sentenced to How do I describe this book Northern Exposure meets Gran Torino Ordinary Wolves meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Better to say that this novel is an utter original, one that combines the quirkiness of the misfits that end up in Alaska with the tragic possibilities presented by the bleak landscape, the winters without light, and the limited economic opportunities Basically, it s a story about the friendship between Cesar, a gangbanger from L.A whose brother has been sentenced to life in prison, and his eccentrically religious cousin Go boy It s also a story of redemption


  4. Dodie Dodie says:

    A somewhat unique coming of age story in a very unusual setting Unalakleet, Alaska Cesar has been relocated from Los Angeles by his Native mother, hoping to get him out of gang life and reconnected with their family heritage He quickly forms a bond with his older cousin, nicknamed Go Boy, who is part seer, prophet and politician Life in Alaska has its own rhythms which soon seem second nature to Cesar, allowing him to contemplate the patterns from his previous life with the gangs and to not A somewhat unique coming of age story in a very unusual setting Unalakleet, Alaska Cesar has been relocated from Los Angeles by his Native mother, hoping to get him out of gang life and reconnected with their family heritage He quickly forms a bond with his older cousin, nicknamed Go Boy, who is part seer, prophet and politician Life in Alaska has its own rhythms which soon seem second nature to Cesar, allowing him to contemplate the patterns from his previous life with the gangs and to notice certain changes in Go Boy s behavior


  5. Sarah Stone Sarah Stone says:

    I feel as if I ve just come back from living in Unalakleet The characters here especially Cesar Atausiq, Go Boy, and Kiana are so real that if I hadn t met them, I would forever miss having known them I haven t read this before, since Mattox wrote it before we worked together he was doing the line edits and proofing on this while we looked at his next book , and found it really alive and moving So glad I read it


  6. Paula Margulies Paula Margulies says:

    A promising debut by author Mattox Roesch This one s about a boy whose single mother moves him from gang activity in Los Angeles to a small town in Alaska Great characters and a unique and compelling voice I couldn t put it down and don t you love the title.


  7. Wendy Wendy says:

    Gangs are a reality, and, for Cesar, they are a way of life His older brother is serving a life sentence for murdering two teenagers, and Cesar would have landed in the cell next to Wicho if their mother had not decided to move home to Alaska, taking 17 year old Cesar with her Unalakleet couldn t bedifferent than Southern California It is a small village where everyone knows just about everyone There are no gangs and the crime rate is extremely low Life seems to be much less complicat Gangs are a reality, and, for Cesar, they are a way of life His older brother is serving a life sentence for murdering two teenagers, and Cesar would have landed in the cell next to Wicho if their mother had not decided to move home to Alaska, taking 17 year old Cesar with her Unalakleet couldn t bedifferent than Southern California It is a small village where everyone knows just about everyone There are no gangs and the crime rate is extremely low Life seems to be much less complicated there.Cesar s cousin, Go boy, takes Cesar under his wing the minute Cesar stepped off the plane Go boy is confidant Cesar will stay in Alaska despite Cesar s determination that he will return to Los Angeles at the end of the summer The novel is narrated by Cesar as he gets acclimated to his new life in Alaska He takes an instant liking to Go boy s stepsister, Kiana, and she to him However, their relationship is a complicated one, neither being sure what they want from the other, if anything at all.Although Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same is about Cesar coming into his own as he struggles with guilt for his part in a heinous crime while at the same time adjusting to life in Alaska, Go boy steals the show His initial optimism and belief in people touches everyone he comes in contact with, including Cesar As the novel unfolds, it becomes clear that Go boy has manylayers than it may first appear Cesar, who is so much in his own head and dealing with his own issues, does not see the trouble his cousin is in right away.Go boy has an optimism and innocence about him that drew me straight to him He believed that the world was destined for good things and went out of his way to try and make his part of the world a better place in his own unique way Go boy stood for hope He was a light in Cesar s dark world and it was no wonder Cesar took to Go boy so easily It is Go boy that helps Cesar through some of his most difficult moments Even so, Go boy is struggling with his own problems He has mood swings and often disappears for days on end without notice His own family is in crisis, facing tragedy and uncertainty My heart ached for Go boy.There were moments when I wish the author would have explored some of the minor charactersI was especially curious about Cesar s relationship with his mother and would like to have delveddeeply into that Being that the story is told from 17 year old Cesar s point of view and that his world view centers around himself and Go boy, it may not have been a direction the author felt necessary to go.I like Mattox Roesch s writing style and the way he weaves the past with the present I felt like I truly was in Cesar s head, seeing the world through his eyes He wasn t always an easy character to like Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent reading Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same Although at the end I did not feel that Cesar made huge strides in resolving his issues, he certainly was headed in the right direction Being that he s only 17 going on 18, that s really all a person can expect


  8. Laura de Leon Laura de Leon says:

    This book attracted me mostly due to its name somehow, the book description didn t give me an idea of what to expect I much prefer the description on Unbridled Books to the one that is here and onSame same is as quirky as the name would lead you to expect quirky without being either cute or light The focus was on character mostly that of Cesar Cesar was on a bad path in LA, one likely to end like that of his brother, who is in jail because of his role in a gang shooting Cesar h This book attracted me mostly due to its name somehow, the book description didn t give me an idea of what to expect I much prefer the description on Unbridled Books to the one that is here and onSame same is as quirky as the name would lead you to expect quirky without being either cute or light The focus was on character mostly that of Cesar Cesar was on a bad path in LA, one likely to end like that of his brother, who is in jail because of his role in a gang shooting Cesar has already found himself involved in one truly terrible crime.Moving to Alaska with his mother gives him a new start, just not the one he s looking for He s got a plan to move back to LA and move in with his dad Unfortunately, his father is most notable in this story for his absence.Luckily for all involved, Cesar meets up with his local cousin, Go boy The reader as well as the characters in the book wonder whether Go boy is crazy Certainly, the letters he writes to Yoko Ono are crazy The signs he puts up around town are pretty crazy On the other hand, there seems to be a method to his madness.My favorite character was Kiana, Cesar s girlfriend and Go boy s cousin She s a teenage math genius who doesn t always make good personal choices I d love to know what happens to her down the road.The books looks at issues of character and of responsibility, questions of how one decision or non decision can change a life It s thought provoking while being funny and readable


  9. Beth Beth says:

    I devoured this book, and if we didn t already have a field nomination, I d be writing one.Cesar, unwillingly relocated with his Native mother to Unalakleet AK while his older brother serves a lifetime sentence for murdering two teens in a gang hazing, can t wait to turn 18 and return to LA to go into business with his abusive bsentee father, and his brother in jail as a minor, he isn t allowed Immediately upon arrival in Alaska, his well connected cousin Go Boy, who he has only met once befo I devoured this book, and if we didn t already have a field nomination, I d be writing one.Cesar, unwillingly relocated with his Native mother to Unalakleet AK while his older brother serves a lifetime sentence for murdering two teens in a gang hazing, can t wait to turn 18 and return to LA to go into business with his abusive bsentee father, and his brother in jail as a minor, he isn t allowed Immediately upon arrival in Alaska, his well connected cousin Go Boy, who he has only met once before, takes him under wing, and makes a bet with him that if he stays a year in the remote village, he ll make his penned tattoo a permanent one Go gets Cesar a job, introduces him around, helps him find his place in the close knit community, and treats him as a peer and sounding board for his own philosophical ideas Go wants to change the world, starting with the village, believing that a path to Heaven lies in the real world There is something a little off about Go, and his passionate zeals is slowly unravelled as Cesar comes to know him At it s heart, Sometimes We re Always Real Same Same is about identity, community, guilt, and reciprocity Roesch gives a strong sense of culture and setting the cadence of life in an Alaskan fishing village comes through strong and clear, down to the title Go Boy s idealism is highly appealing.There were some flaws the narrative gets long winded in places, there are some tangents that aren t well connected or seem extraneous, and female characters aren t as vividly or dynamically drawn as male characters Imperfect, but still a wonderful debut novel


  10. Unbridled Books Unbridled Books says:

    From The New York Times Book Review When Roesch s thoughtful first novel opens, Cesar Stone, a 17 year old Los Angeles gang member whose brother is serving life for murder, is living alone with his financially struggling mother Determined to make a better life, she moves the two of them back to her hometown Unalakleet, Alaska, a small fishing village where much of her quirky and eccentric family still lives Imagine the protagonist discovering he has a relative named Aunty Striptease But From The New York Times Book Review When Roesch s thoughtful first novel opens, Cesar Stone, a 17 year old Los Angeles gang member whose brother is serving life for murder, is living alone with his financially struggling mother Determined to make a better life, she moves the two of them back to her hometown Unalakleet, Alaska, a small fishing village where much of her quirky and eccentric family still lives Imagine the protagonist discovering he has a relative named Aunty Striptease But the most colorful family member is Go boy, a cousin a few years older and several inches taller than Cesar, whose black hair stood on end, messy, like a cloud of smoke Largehearted and enchanted by life s mysteries, Go endeavors to make Cesar feel at home, showing him around and getting him a job Nevertheless, Cesar, homesick, plans his escape until he meets Go boy s beautiful stepsister But when Go s enchanted ways darken into somethingdangerous, it is Cesar who must help his cousin Particularly in the middle stretch it feels as though Roesch, who started his career as a story writer, is still learning how to work the stick shift on a long distance trip, lingering too long in second gear But he deftly portrays Unalakleet, where every yard is littered with skeletons of four wheelers and snow machines and fishing boats, and once he gets the hang of it, he delivers the narrative soundly to its climactic destination.See the review here


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