MORIAH JOVAN writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels The Proviso, Stay, and Magdalene, published by B10 Mediaworx, and will, most likely, continue to order her around until she hits on the right drug and dosage. Fortunately, her husband is very understanding of all the other people in her life and her children have no need of their own imaginary friends since they know all of mommy's. Moriah has a bachelor's in creative writing and journalism from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and in 2011, she was a panelist at the Writer's Digest conference and the Sunstone Symposium. She is a flagrant manufacturer and dealer of the meth known as "ebooks."
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Imagine this: Ayn Rand teams with Gore Vidal to recreate in Kansas City the old TV drama Dallas. The cast of semi-lapsed Mormons consider themselves demi-gods in the Randian mold, but the author doesn't let them get away with that. Okay, Moriah Jovan is not Ayn Rand (or Gore Vidal) but she knows a thing or two that Rand didn't. Though maybe not her intention, it takes Moriah only three words to puncture Ayn's moral philosophy.
"I'm," Eilis choked, "damaged." "Everyone is damaged."
The reason we need both art (like this novel) and political systems (dealt with in this novel) is because we are all damaged. To misquote James Madison, who garners a mention or two in Proviso, "If men were angels, we wouldn't need art or political systems." But we are damaged, so we need both.
There are lots of messages in Proviso but I think the ultimate may be this: no matter what messages you happen to believe in, love your children with all your heart and things will work out - for you and the world. Whether you're libertarian (like both the author and this reviewer) or something else.
Obligatory negatives? Okay, this is chick lit - very liberated chick lit, with lots of long sex scenes, not exactly my scene. I read the first, kind of skimmed the next couple, and just skipped to the end of the rest, making a long book that much shorter. And there were times, I admit, when the Rand-world game the characters play was, as one character said, nauseating. The surprising saving grace, the one that kept me going to the two-thirds mark (after which you are hooked) is that the Randian wannabes pay the price later on, as they should if this story intends to portray real people.
The last third of the story, things get really interesting as threads are brought together.Read more ›
Every once in a while, I run across a book that defies pigeonholing. On the surface, this may be a romance novel, but I call it simply a very good read. I don't generally "do" romance, so there's gotta be more to get my attention. This book has that, in spades.
The quixotic mixture of murder, revenge, sex, and religion is really what caught my attention about this book in the first place, especially in the context of the Mormon religion. Wallace Stegner once wrote that "it is almost impossible to write fiction about the Mormons, for the reasons that Mormon institutions and Mormon society are so peculiar that they call for constant explanation."
Jovan has achieved a remarkable degree of success in this regard, allowing non-Mormons fascinating glimpses in a natural manner without bombarding us with definitions and explanations. There is a refreshing honesty and lack of rationalization when it comes to questions of morality and faith in a modern world.
At first glance, the plot may be a bit "haven't we done this already," but there's nothing new under the sun, so to speak. Jovan is successful in using the plot as a subtle thread to weave together the people and events.
The characters are strongly delineated and fascinating. They are the most vivid and striking people I've had the pleasure of "meeting" via the printed page in a long time. They may be a bit larger than life, so to speak, but never over the top. I don't always agree with them or like them, but I will always remember them.
Jovan's writing is indeed no-holds-barred when it comes to profanity and sex. As someone once famously said about science fiction writing, "grant your gadgets and start from there.Read more ›
I was up until 3 a.m. this morning finishing this novel--thank goodness I have the day off! You really do become involved in the characters' lives and wish them a happy ending. They made me smile, roll my eyes, and sniffle back tears. As the previous reviewer stated, I do want to know more about these people and their lives before and after the time period the novel covers.
I believe that life it too short to read books you won't enjoy, and I definitely recommend spending some time with this one.
I know it's a cliche to say "this book has everything"...but it does. Corporate intrigue, love, family dysfunction, humor, religion, sex. But above all, it is filled with fascinating characters you won't soon forget, even after you've read the last page. I would have followed them throughout whatever story the author had seen fit to create for them, and long to read even more about them.
The writing is witty and intelligent, so much so that despite The Proviso's length I found it difficult to put down. I predict you will, too.
After I finished reading this book, the first time, I had such a book hangover I couldn't concentrate on any other story for at least a month. The story line and characters are all so well developed that I kept thinking about them. I ended up reading the book again and that helped me move on to the other books in the series. I still think about this book and have since declared it my new favorite. It isn't very often I come across a "romance" novel that has so much more than just a simple predictable love story.