Book Review: The Lion’s Den by Anthony Marra

The Lion’s Den
by Anthony Marra

Inheritance collection #3

Publication date: December 19th 2019
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Pages: 28


Exposing his father’s transgressions in a tell-all was the ethical, righteous—and profitable—thing to do. What’s left but to slink back home for a humbling face-to-face with the man whose secrets he sold?

He was a notorious government whistle-blower. Depending on whom you ask, he’s a treasonous felon, a folk hero, a validated patriot, or a national disgrace. To his son, Michael, he’s the father who threw his family into upheaval. Now, having moved back home at the age of thirty-four, Michael is getting to know him as a man. And getting nearer to understanding his motivations that have remained a mystery in this darkly humorous short story of sacrifice and betrayal by New York Times bestselling author Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s The Lion’s Den is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

Source: Goodreads


“The Lion’s Den” is the third short story in the Inheritance series by Amazon Originals. This is a story of a complicated father-son relationship.

Michael is 34 years old when he returns home to live with his parents. He’s lost his job and has been evicted from his home and then on top of all that, his father is in the last stages of cancer.

“The day before my father died, he asked to see the lions.

In general I struggled to connect with this story and it’s characters. I wondered if maybe this was just a gender thing at first, but as the pages went on I realised that it was more than that.

A lot of the content seemed to go over my head and there were some words that I had to look up because I didn’t really know what the author was talking about.

I didn’t really enjoy this book and there’s not a lot more I can say about it. I can see that this story and the author are well-reviewed on Goodreads so my comments are definitely down to personal taste rather than overall opinion. Out of all five, I’d have to say that this was my least favourite of the collection.

Overall rating: “The Lion’s Den” wasn’t my cup of tea. I’d say it was my least favourite of the Inheritance Collection, mostly because I couldn’t connect with it and there were some parts I just didn’t understand. This read wasn’t for me, but please don’t let that put you off as others seem to have loved it!

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