We Are All Together

Category: Fiction - Literary
Author: Richard Fulco
Publisher: Wampus Multimedia
Publication Date: November 29, 2022
Number of Pages: 230
ISBN-13: 979-8985035322

We Are All Together by Richard Fulco follows a young character’s incredible journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of the dazzling rock n' roll culture in the late 60s. Twenty-one-year-old guitarist Stephen Cane has just returned home to his mother after a devastating failure with the band on which he has built his dreams. Stephen is determined to pursue his career in music, so he moves to New York where he reconnects with his former friend and bandmate, Dylan John, an up-and-coming psychedelic rock star whose band is already attracting a lot of attention. When Dylan leaves the band to become a civil rights activist, Stephen replaces him. With fame and success, Stephen's character is tested in ways he never imagined. Follow him as he blunders, chooses poorly in love, and struggles with questions on racism and loyalty.

Richard Fulco has crafted a story with a historical background that comes across as a character in its own rights, a nation faced with political tension. The author writes brilliantly about themes of loyalty, music, family, love, and racism, successfully capturing a vivid portrait of the 1960s. At the heart of this mesmerizing tale is the protagonist's search for identity. While the nation is in chaos, there is internal turmoil as the protagonist deals with anxious moments and self-doubt. Stephen is a dropout as a sophomore and when readers meet him, they are instantly captivated by his longing for acceptance and to have his talent recognized. His inner world is vividly drawn and complex — a portrait that will dazzle readers. He is so genuinely flawed, so human it will be hard for readers to not like him. We Are All Together features some of the wonderful elements readers appreciate in great writing — crisp prose, elaborately developed characters, a fascinating sense of time and place, and expert plotting. This is an immersive tale that is balanced and deft, peppered with dramatic moments that keep readers turning the pages.

Reviewed By: David Reyes


Date: January 2, 2023