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Received as a giveaway. I'm sorry I didn't like it more. Other readers probably will. The writing itself is often lovely. The stories, the motivations, I didn't understand. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Fragile
Author: Chris Katsaropoulos
Publisher: Luminis Books
ISBN: 978-1-935462-27-9

Mesmerizing and beautiful, a truly stunning book! Katsaropoulos is new to writing fiction, and his first novel sets the bar incredibly high. This book takes the reader into the minds and hearts of three very different people:
Holly, a beautician and single mom of 2 young daughters, involved once again with the wrong man for all the wrong reasons, leading a life of self destruction.

Tris, a well to do businessman nearing retirement age, with an overbearing wife and lots of regret about the past, and the childhood love he left behind.

And Amelia, abandoned by the love of her life, her childhood sweetheart, more than fifty years ago. She's living a virginial life of self denial and emptiness, with a never ending hope for a return of that long lost childhood love she lost.

In what can only be described as a truly unique style, the author takes us from the thoughts of one character directly into the next: an ongoing narrative of a brief portion of these three lives, to a moment of intersection so hauntingly profound and exquisite, it will leave the reader astounded and deeply moved.

With a debut such as this, I see a wonderfully promising future for this author. A story and characters you will never forget, with a message as old and true as time itself. I have already read this twice, and marveled at it even more the second reading. I can not recommend this book highly enough! A true classic for the ages. ( )
  crazypsychobooklover | Jun 21, 2010 |
Fragile is the debut novel of Chris Katsaropoulos, a keen observer of human nature whose prose is innovative, poetic, and at times truly transcendent. While juggling three different perspectives, he keeps us very much in the moment and yet the past is always present (and deeply felt) for his characters. ( )
  AlRiske | Apr 2, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193546227X, Paperback)

Amelia Geist, Holly Schenck and Tris Holloway are all broken-in one way or another. In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than 50 years ago. A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a separate life of his own in the hills above Silicon Valley, sealed by inertia within the confines of a loveless marriage and shattered by his decision to leave Amelia. The only person who can repair the rift between Tris and Amelia is Holly, a single mother without means, who is trying somehow to mend her life while laid out in a hospital bed, a victim of her own suicide attempt.The stories of Tris, Holly, and Amelia are presented in Fragile as broken fragments, woven together by profound truth and an astonishing connection that transcends the boundaries between this world and the next.

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In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than fifty years ago; A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a separate life of his own in the hills above Silicon Valley, sealed by inertia within the confines of a loveless marriage and shattered by his decision to leave Amelia; The only person who can repair the rift between Tris and Amelia is Holly, a single mother without means, who is trying somehow to mend her life while laid out in a hospital bed, a victim of her own suicide attempt.… (more)

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