What makes a book a non-stop read?
In the case of my book, Making Room for George, my readers tell me it’s that they can’t wait to find out what happens next.
This book is not a thriller and the only crimes committed are those of the heart, but there is plenty of suspense in what’s happening between the characters nevertheless.
For example, the time the protagonist, Bet, gets a call from her father-in-law’s neighbor saying, “George is in the dumpster!”
Or the time Bet and Steve first meet on a double-date and steal a kiss plus a whole lot more in the yard between the houses while their dates sit drinking wine in the living room.
Or the time, many, many years later when Bet moves out of the closet she’s always shared with Steve and into a room of her own across the house from him.
And most suspenseful of all: what Bet does when she can’t take her life the way it is anymore!
Making Room for George is FREE to Kindle Unlimited users, 0.99 for Kindle & $9.99 in softcover.
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As I’ve explained in a previous post, I created a new edition of Making Room for George this year and I will soon be taking the first edition out of print. Here I’m continuing with the capture of my 5 star reviews from Amazon so they’ll all be in one convenient place for readers since Amazon is unable to do this for me.
If you’re curious about why I moved my novel from it’s original publisher to the new one, you can read some of that story here.
If you like finding love in unexpected places, look no further.
If you have ever cared for an aging loved one, you’ll understand all the conflicting emotions of this strong, female protagonist.
If you are a #formidableWoman with heart giving your all for your family, KUDOS! You will really get this book (and muchisimos halos in heaven)!
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you’re not “from here,” then you might think you know something about East Texas from having watched the recent movie “Bernie.” Frankly, the movie is spot on at revealing the snippy, elitist, prejudiced thinking prevalent there (and the horrific twang of speech!).
But this author: grew up there. Her memoir of that experience will make you cringe and groan if you are from here and it will make you exclaim in disbelief if you’re not. But I can tell you from my own Piney Woods roots that her account of “how it was (is)” is all true.
Ms. Foster-Morrison has a breezy tone that sets the reader at ease right away. She is fiercely honest, a laudable act of courage, given her ancestry. I commend her for this.
Her story, a black comedy with tragic moments, is the story of “every-woman”: how marriage, child-rearing, society and family influence and rule our becoming and if we are tenacious to a fault, as this author, having the will to become who she herself determines to be in spite of overwhelming odds against her, how we survive.
Personally, I deeply identified with the main premise: that those who have left their fleshly bodies have not “died,” but in fact carry on communicating with us from beyond, especially when our relationships on this plane have unfinished business.
If you are looking to fantasize and be carried away, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a meaty story, full of unexpected turns and raw emotion, one that will make you laugh and cry, and leave you deep in thought, read this book.
I dare you.
This is a book of dreams: tree-houses; talking birds, the lost feminine, found.
Wilder Island, a mysterious, mythical island that symbolizes (in my mind) the earth herself, is inhabited by the Corvus (crows or ravens), keepers of an ancient, almost lost language. Almost lost, that is, to humans.
Fortunately, there are humans known as Patua’ who can communicate with the Corvus in this language. Alfredo Manzi, the lone Jesuit priest and professor of ornithology who comes to Wilder Island with the intention of turning it into a bird sanctuary, is one of them.
As the story begins, we witness Jade’s nightmare: crows, shattering glass, a precious medallion given to her by her unknown mother (we think) who disappeared when Jade was very young. Jade’s husband Russ, an academic peer of Manzi, comforts her, tries to convince her that her dream is merely an echo of the previous day’s events and conversation.
But Jade, an artist and believer in beauty, knows her dream means much more.
As a student of dreams, a lover of earth and believer in beauty, I am often one who speaks a language almost lost. I often find myself at odds with what is: too much noise, too many things, too much doing, so I deeply identified with one character in particular, Charlotte, she having been institutionalized her entire adult life and unable to communicate with most humans in language they could understand.
What happens in this eco-fantasy happens in reality: women stand up for their sanity and autonomy (with help or without it); money changers pollute and plunder the earth; people, acting alone or banding together, go to war over pieces of this planet (who owns it or how to treat it), all the while trying to understand or completely ignoring the language of the other.
Enter: the hero.
The author of this layered allegory, Mary C. Simmons, has successfully given the role of hero to her crow characters. They are funny and wise, silly and sly and believable. These savvy creature-beings indeed point the way.
I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that together we can make the kind of relationship between animals (human and creature-beings) and between animals and earth happen that this author postulates can happen.
I loved this book. -&-having never dreamed of crows before, and after reading the first few chapters of it, I did dream of them and then wrote the following verse:
for Mary C. Simmons
trunk of peace
// men //
Look for an interview with Mary C. Simmons coming soon on this blog!
D. Ellis Phelps is the author of Making Room for George, Balboa Press, 2013.
If you need a cheer-leader in your clan, this author is the one for you!
If you think you have endured life circumstances that entitle you to an eternal pity-party, this author will talk you out of that nonsense lickety-split.
If you suffer from self-doubt this author’s authenticity and experiences will give you confidence.
If you are at the intersection of down and out and have no idea which way is up, this author’s nine point plan will give you a leg up.
This book is not fast food, it is instead a serving of slow-cooked pot-roast with hearty vegetables that will continue to nourish you well long after you’ve left the table.
Get a blank journal. Find a comfy chair. Get ready to consider some tough questions and viable suggestions for becoming the “Best Brew of You.”