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Monday, May 19, 2014

READ THIS: Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro Our Coverage Sponsored by Maine Woolens

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"I have a soft spot for my second novel, 'Innocence'. Originally, I wanted to call it 'The Ingenue' but we all agreed that no one would know how to spell 'Ingenue' on Amazon. It's a modern ghost story of lost opportunities, complicated friendships, dangerous, addictive love, as well as a contemplation on the purpose of a creative life."

The Kathleen Tessaro Parade continues on Whom You Know!  It's not everyday that an author of the caliber of Kathleen Tessaro comes along.  After being totally enthralled with The Perfume Collector a year ago, we interviewed Kathleen (click on her name on the above quote to see it) and have gone back and reviewed the four previous books she wrote.  This is the 4th of those 4.  We were saving it because we did not want Tessaro withdrawl to last too long and we know she's working on something new now.  So what makes Kathleen different?

 Her breathtaking clarity in choice of verbiage and style overall combined with a killer plot will leave you turning page after page and skipping the phone, meals, emails, buzzers and other world distractions of nonsense compared to her artistry in English.  She even starts off by referencing Seurat, one of our favorites.  Pure class.

"There are no fanfares for the truly great memories of your life.  Just dripping taps and the sound of your own footsteps, walking from one room into another."
She writes about real life much more skillfully than most, perhaps because she lives hers well.  Kathleen paints portraits with her pen of characters you will care about and they also are human and highly entertaining.  In Innocence, she celebrates a coming-of-age friendship that has ups and downs and ultimately dwells on the subject of people you'll miss.   
And who hasn't dated the total disaster of a man (Thank goodness that's over!), and perhaps you have your own Jake in the rear view mirror.

Kathleen is down-to-earth and relatable, and her protagonists mirror this behavior.   One has "growing hysteria [that] translates itself into a bad Maggie Smith impersonation. 'God is not an area where I require levity!  I want certainty, security.  The knowledge that there's some divine order involved in all of this chaos.'"

Though she keeps you smiling, she also keeps you thinking.  Kathleen's powerful and profound words will move you:
"If only we could chose which memories we keep and which ones we discard forever.  But instead, the mind clings to events that baffle; watching them, like a movie, over and over, but without the power to choose a different path."

Kathleen writes about people that follow their dreams and do their best to make them happen; you never know when Nigel Watts from the Royal Court could be calling.
And she's even able to write about death, a topic we try not to think about but must acknowledge:
"One of the other advantages to being dead - you have access to the truth, the whole truth."

Her books are the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday especially.  They acknowledge that "this too shall pass" and you'll be inspired by how the characters overcome challenges in their lives.  

We could not be more excited to see what Kathleen does next!  Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby, inbetween your golf rounds you might want to pick up these great books by your neighbor...maybe she'll put hockey in her next book.  We think Mover and Shaker Georgia Shreve would be delighted this concludes at Carnegie Hall; she's playing there tomorrow.

It's 1987 and Evie is leaving home for the first time, headed for London to study acting. Along with her fellow students and roommates, Imogene (a born again Laura Ashley poster child and frustrated virgin) and Robbie (native New Yorker, budding bohemian, and very much not a virgin), Evie's determined to make her mark both on stage and off.
But then life and love, in the shape of struggling rock musician Jake Albery, intervene. And everything changes.
Fourteen years later and Evie's stuck. She's now a single mother teaching drama classes, her dreams long since abandoned. Robbie's dead, killed in car accident and Imo's lost touch.
Then a friendship from the past comes to haunt Evie.
And suddenly everything is about to change again.
A very modern, romantic ghost story about the things that really haunt us.

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