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Julie Pepper lives in Northern California with her two children. She is a recent Master of Arts graduate of San Francisco State University in Communication Studies and works for Tikkun magazine seeking to heal and transform the world through love, kindness and generosity of spirit. Julie is a playwright and has been writing plays for the last ten years. This is Julie’s first novel. She is currently writing a sequel which takes place fifteen years later entitled Stirred Up but not Shaken.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481939467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481939461
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Pepper must have personally lived and deeply embraced the 'gritty bar life' that permeates the language and imagery of her novel, "LAST CALL".

While imagination can explore the unknown, it surely takes imposed and intense personal experience to be able to convey the sensual and taut descriptions of the reality and grasp of vivacious bar life, the desperate exchange of personal - and the need for impersonal relationships, and emotional expression and exasperations that are so vividly and viscerally presented on each page of this excellent work.

The ability to convey the fluidity of real life is what separates excellent writers from the rest of use who love language and celebrate authors who can take us deeply into their realm of human adventure and drama.

The novel swirls around the life of Nicky, a woman who grapples with the struggle and conviction of believing her life deserves more than the local bar life she is shaken and mixed within. As a generous, enticing, yet prideful and sometimes aloof tender at the local watering hole, she realizes that lives on both sides of the narrow space where drinks and dreams are transferred feel the attraction that the other side might offer possibilities - potentialities that still lure and sustain the spirit of adventure within each of us.

Nicky's friend Casey is dying - but living life more that Nicky yet knows how to be in the world. Casey is inspiring and tragic as they both give each other permission to be themselves no matter what that may mean and no matter what it takes to see through the terror and joy of their friendship......
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Though it's set in the '90s (read it just to discover that there really was life before cellphones and smoking bans), "Last Call" is timeless -- an archetypal evocation of the life of the young actor yearning for the ever-elusive break while serving the broken dreams of others as a waiter or bartender. It's a stage and a place in an artist's life when idealism takes a beating but humanity and compassion get a good kneading. To make things even harder, Nicky's boyfriend is a hitter, and her best friend is fixin' to die young of cancer. It's the kind of crucible time of life that you don't know how you survived yet look back on with pangs of piercing nostalgia.

The book's voice -- young, tough, and vulnerable -- and its superb capture of the moods and rhythms of work in a night spot will speak both to those who are living or have lived that life and those who may never; to anyone who has lost a friend or fought free of a compellingly destructive relationship.
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Ms. Pepper promises a sequel and I am looking forward to it. The semi-autobiographical, diary-like voice of the lead character is clear, telling and passionate, leading us through sadness and tragedy. With great care she lingers on the descriptions of bar patrons, holding them up like members of her family, with their humanity exposed, creating a living, melancholic umbrella under which this period of Nicky's life unfolds. And yet, after walking along the sullen journey with her, we are rewarded, if ever so slightly, with the potential of redemption, of something special on the horizon, at last call.
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As a (mainly former) denizen of bars and the poignancy, romance, and casual-but-often-real connection they make possible, I loved Julie Pepper's first novel and got quite attached to Nicky's struggle to transcend a world I myself am constantly drawn back to. Less demanding than the church or synagogue, more sensual and alive than the school or workplace, the bar is the perfect balance of anonymity and intimacy, but it's also (often) a dead end. Nicky's ultimately successful effort to free herself from the gravitational pull of that world of daily permissible sin is a metaphor for the upward movement expected of all of us by life itself.
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By Lee on October 4, 2013
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if you've ever been to a bar, worked in a bar, or considered doing so, you will love this novel. The book tells an engaging story with believable characters you wouldn't mind knowing. I'de love to read more.
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