R&R 097 | The Motel Life
Yes, there is a redemptive storyline apart from Jerry Lee's downward guilt spiral: Frank takes a dog under his wings – and it's cute and I found myself saying out loud multiple times, "Don't let anything happen to that dog"…
But it's also, maybe, not enough.
It's unreasonable for a reader to demand that alcoholic characters hop on the wagon immediately and remain sober for the rest of their lives, but it's hard for me to accept their feelings of guilt knowing that somewhere along the line, the brothers would drink and drive, and hit someone again. Having been part of an accident that killed someone, why would you want to risk repetition of this, and why would you increase the chance of re-occurrence? Yes, the brothers struggle with their conscience, but continuing this behavior does make me feel like they didn't learn from that terrible accident.