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About meI read. That's what I love to do. But I am also crazy about my guitar, drawing, writing, puppets, traveling, Scrabble, gardens, and walking....and let's not forget serendipity and paradox....

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Hi, I saw you reviewed Janice Galloway's novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing. I work for the BBC World Service and we will be interviewing her about this novel in July. Do you have a question that you would like to ask her? Please either reply here or email be at: jennifer.hamilton1@bbc.co.uk Please include your name and where you're from. Many thanks.
Hi Deb,

Two top literary magazines have just published excerpts from my novel-in-progress THE FATHER WHO NEVER YELLED. One excerpt (UV-30 http://carte-blanche.org ) is realistic, robust and sad, the other (Night Swim http://www.thiszine.org/) is surrealistic, sensual and mysterious. Read in tandem, they should give you a solid feel for the new book. If I stepped away from Jersey to write THE FATHER WHO NEVER YELLED, I remained true to my salt water roots, which these two excerpts will attest. Both stories are free, but carte-blanche will come out with an illustrated print and digital version in about a week. Thanks for checking them out.

Alex
Hi Deb,

I admire your integrity; however, I wasn't offering to pay you for a review. I just wanted feedback on a story that has absorbed me for four years. I modeled one of the characters on Murakami--the character is Japanese, writes mind-bending novels and loves the Beatles--which I thought might pique your interest. Of course, reading a novel is a big undertaking, and time is limited for all of us (unless you're doing hardtime). Perhaps you would do me one favor. Below is what I call a synopsis of Seriality. I'd love to know how it strikes you.

Thanks,

Alex

Synopsis

For twelve years Hugh Mcpherson grieves for his sons, eleven-year-old Hitoshi and Takumi, who drowned while surfing on a storm-tossed California sea. Having encouraged his sons’ risk-taking, Hugh accepts responsibility for the tragedy. His wife, Setsuko, divorces him and returns to Japan to live with her father, Kazuki Ono, a prominent author of mind-bending novels (think Haruki Murakami). Hugh seeks redemption and solace in a teaching career, but failing to find closure or peace, he decides to end his life.

On a bright southern California morning, Hugh grips the heavy stones that will draw him to the sea bottom. Sliding into unconsciousness, Hugh sees his sons swimming toward him. They hold out to their father the final letter he sent to Setsuko, which begs her forgiveness and hints at his intentions. Electrified by his vision, Hugh takes the letter, aborts his suicide and drags himself to shore, by which time nothing of the letter remains. Hugh decides his vision was a self-serving hallucination, a pardon from death that he cannot accept.

As Hugh plans his next suicide attempt, his ex-father in law plots his next novel.

Kazuki has come to California to finish a story called Fingal’s Cave, the tale of a brash American who marries a Japanese woman against the wishes of her father, a powerful businessman. In Fingal’s Cave, the American, with the odd name of Yuudai, further incites his father-in-law by relocating the daughter and grandsons to California, where he leads the grandsons into increasingly dangerous adventures. At an opportune moment, the grandfather with his daughter’s help spirits away the grandsons, letting Yuudai think his children have died. The tragic irony of Fingal’s Cave is that on a beautiful spring day in Tokyo, the cherry trees in blossom, a car strikes the boys at a crosswalk, killing them instantly.

Kazuki intends to finish the revelatory novel, hand the manuscript to Hugh—a benevolent act intended to keep Hugh’s sons alive in his memory—and commit seppuku. But Hugh’s and Kazuki’s paths and fates cross sooner than the author intends.
Hugh’s aborted suicide is his springboard into a series of improbable and jarring experiences that awaken buried memories and cumulatively throw doubt on the circumstances of his sons’ death. As coincidence follows coincidence, Hugh questions his sanity, but he follows the path on which the coincidences have set him .

Hugh has plunged into Seriality, a world in which all events are connected by a series of waves. Coincidences are the peaks of these waves, so that all coincidences are related and explicable if the larger design is discovered. For Kazuki, Seriality is merely a convenient fictional technique, but for Hugh, the theory becomes actuality and may offer a way back to his sons.

As Hugh’s life is obliquely reflected in excerpts from Fingal’s accumulating pages, Hugh uncovers in the coincidences the grand design that will return his sons to him.
I read your review of Dead End in Norvelt and noted that you, like me, read the Newbery books!

Your review is great!
Hi Deb,

I liked your forthright review of 1Q84. I'm about two-thirds through the book (Aomame just got out of the taxi to find her portal). I'm a California-based writer (The Red Album of Asbury Park) and I've recently finished a novel, UV-30, that has a Murakami-like character. Several chapters of the novel have been published in literary magazines, including Heavy Feather Review and Rose & Thorn Journal. A long excerpt will come out in the March issue of This Literary Magazine and the prologue will be featured in the spring issue carte blanche, which is published by the Quebec Writers Federation. I'm seeking a few beta readers to read and comment on the novel. I'll pay $50 (in advance through Paypal) for the Beta read. If by page, let's say, 100, the story is unbearable, stop there (just let me know ). I've posted a pdf at http://www.willcall.org/head.pdf Reply if interested.

Best,

Alex Austin
Hi debnance, I read your review of Tiger's Wife. It was a good one. That's when I noticed you too were from the Houston area. (I'm from Spring.)I tagged yours as an interesting library as you have a lot of YA lit and I read a lot to my kids and sometimes I just enjoy YA lit especially because sometimes it's not as long! Have a good one.
Hi....I am Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews.

Thanks for contacting me here on LibraryThing and for the friend request.

Nice to talk to you.

http://silversolara.blogspot.com

Love your photograph on the front page. I am going to try to pose one myself.
I read your excellent review of Miracles on Maple Hill. Like you, I read many YA and children's books.

Hi Debbie --Thanks for the invite --wow- since 2005 -nice to see another LT early-adopter.
Love all your kid's books --I say you can never too old for a gorgeous pictue book!
Casaloma
Debbie, I'm honored that you find my library "interesting." I love to browse around in other people's libraries too, though I don't usually tag them unless I get interrupted and want to remember to go back. I'm taking a break from LT for the rest of the month, but will be back in September. Happy summer, happy reading! Bonnie
Hi, I am enjoying reading your reviews and getting lots of great ideas. Hope you will accept my friend request!
Cheers, harriet
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