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Moving Pieces: Book I: Shadows [Kindle Edition]

Emily Maroutian
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Book Description

Book I of the Moving Pieces series chronicles the quarter-life-crisis of a dejected, repressed writer trying to become whole in a world full of broken people.

After a long, frustrating bout with the depression that surfaced after recovery, a despondent former drug addict goes on a road trip with a friend to put the pieces of a shattered identity together and begin the process of healing.

The exposure to new experiences, people and places, is the final attempt to inject life back into a numbing existence. The week-long endeavor, up and then down the California coast proves to be a harsh and demanding challenge on the road to self-healing.

A profound and thought provoking series, Moving Pieces is about the journey of self-discovery and the people you find on the way to finding yourself.

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"Moving Pieces by author Emily Maroutian depicts an evocative journey of self-discovery. The protagonist is a depressed, recovering drug-addict who, in pursuit of healing, takes a road trip with a friend. Maroutian shows an interest in language, stringing words together in interesting ways. She created characters who are compelling, and while not necessarily "instantly likable," the reader wants to read more about them. The story concept is intriguing, with enough tension to propel the plot forward. The front cover illustration immediately draws the eye and the back cover does a good job of conveying what the book is about to potential buyers." -Writer's Digest

"Maroutian's characters are intriguing and her dialogue is well-paced and natural... The author's decision not to indicate the protagonist's sex is an interesting exercise in preconceived notions of gender and relationships... It's a worthwhile collection of moving pieces." -ForWord Magazine Clarion Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 230 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456575589
  • Publisher: Maroutian Entertianment (March 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S2L4QK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read April 17, 2011
I just finished the book and couldn't wait to express my feelings. Emily has done it once more, just as she moved me with her first novel she succeeded to do it again with this one. She has created a unique character that is not a stranger to any of us, exiting within us all at some point in our lives, asking all the right questions and dealing with issues of self understanding and discovery. A character that does not need gender nor a name allowing us to see that we are all the same and have the same emotions and feelings when it comes to human relationships and existence. Thank you Emily for taking me through the journey, because I really felt like I was there. My advice to you all - read it! ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME April 28, 2011
I really enjoyed reading Moving Pieces. The author is a true genius. I loved that that the main character's name and gender is not disclosed. You can read the book from both perspectives... One the character being a male and one the character being a female... The books complete meaning changes with each gender. I loved the character development, the conversations between different characters and how it made me relate to each and everyone of the characters. It also brought me back to my own struggles in life, love, career, expectations, partying... etc... I would recommend for everyone to read this book. It's a smooth read. Once you pick it up it's hard to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving indeed April 10, 2011
I walked away after reading this book really feeling as though I went on an emotional journey with the story's hero. Perhaps the storytelling tactic of leaving the main character's name and gender open for interpretation aided in this. I felt like I was really walking in his/her shoes and living the experiences he/she did. It's such a great journey that leaves you feeling as though you learned and grew with the character. And despite having such a heavy impact, it does so in such a witty, irreverent way that makes it easy and fun to read. Definitely a new favorite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you so much Emily... May 15, 2012
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Brava! Emily, you have created a fan out of me. I read it from the 3rd perspective by the way and understood before the notes at the end that one could inter-change the gender. I found myself relating to so much of this story that it scared me at times. Along with this I am a stone-cold Alcoholic, grew as a morbid, depressed and alone pretty much. I also had an Anari in my life, actually more than one, and had experienced a whirl-wind of emotions that lead to maturity, but this isn't about me. I found the novel moving in that that thoughts of the character were much more impactful than their dialogue, the transition of main character's growth which was really explicit towards the end (pages 179 & 180). This is my very first review of a novel and my lack of experience doesn't give it justice, but 5 stars does. Thank you for this beautiful gem of a book, which I will pass on to another eager reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting exercise in reading September 17, 2011
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Although the subject matter itself isn't something I would normally be drawn to, and even though I'm not generally a fan of 'experimental' fiction, I was intrigued by what Emily Maroutian was trying to accomplish with Moving Pieces. Her narrator is without gender, meaning the story takes on different meaning depending on what sex you assign to the narrator.

I intentionally sat down to read the book without any particular gender in mind, just to see how the story would develop. Early on, the idea that the narrator was a woman just got stuck in my head, although I questioned that often. At times, I even became certain that the narrator was a man, although that assumption never lasted for long. It made for an interesting experience, and I caught myself rereading several passages just to see what gender 'fit' best. To nobody's great surprise, I also experimented with reading the narrator as transgendered, but for some reason that never worked for me.

As for the story itself, it's partially a story of self-discovery (the narrator is a recovering drug-addict), and partially a story of a buddy road-trip (the narrator enlists a best friend and his wheels). Something about the narrator's language had me thinking female from the start, but the buddy nature of the road trip had me thinking I could be wrong. We either have two guys on a road trip, or a girl who can manage the platonic best friend relationship with a man. Ironically, having the narrator fall in love with the female singer of a punk band should have lent further credence to the narrator being a man, but I immediately read a lesbian angle into that relationship. Just for fun, I reread those passages with a transgender slant, but as interesting as it was, I wasn't convinced.
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Welcome to my author page! My name is Emily Maroutian and I'm a writer, producer, poet, and guide. I am currently the author of four books, which I published through my company. I write books, movies, TV shows, poetry, essays, short stories, articles, and music.

I believe in the healing power of full self-expression and personal freedom. I believe that we all have the power to better the world through bettering ourselves. The focus of my books, projects, and guidance is to inspire and motivate others to express their own truth, create their own happiness, and seek their own enlightenment. In my works you will find my thoughts, theories, and philosophies on how to align with the best of yourself.

I'm always open to conversation and other people's ideas and opinions. Please feel free to communicate anything you believe will enrich, enlighten, uplift, or better my world. I will do the same through everything I create.


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