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The Proviso (Tales of Dunham) Paperback – October 31, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of Dunham
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: B10 Mediaworx (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981769616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981769615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,844,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MORIAH JOVAN writes what her imaginary friends tell her to write. Thus far, they have shown up in the novels THE PROVISO, STAY, MAGDALENE, DUNHAM, PASO DOBLE, WE WERE GODS, and the short story "Twenty-dollar Rag," published by B10 Mediaworx. They 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."

Email: moriah at moriahjovan dot com
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ledbetter on October 27, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Ditty on January 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Keller, Author on December 18, 2008
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tee6395 on December 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I pride myself on seeking out first-time authors, particularly women. I have been more often than not, pleasantly surprised. I was again with this first-time author's novel. Nothing excites me more than a thick book. There are over 700 delicious, compelling pages finely woven into an interesting and titillating read. This novel is completely character driven. Jovan's descriptions and characters are crisply delivered. I had no trouble picturing and understanding the motives and actions of every major character. I love strong female characters. Jovan doesn't disappoint. Even when at first glance, one of the women may seem only a damsel in distress, it is soon uncovered that she is a strong as stone and as smart as they come. I found the graphic, unapologetic sex intriguing. Oh yeah, and very tantalizing. I wondered what it might be like, after reading the back cover, for a novel to contain overtures of religion. I felt as though it added to their struggles in a unique way. I can't recall reading a book where religion was dealt with such a normal attitude. Religion to most folks is a way of life. It is portrayed very naturally throughout the book; Just another layer in the story.

The plot itself is interesting. People with money are always a little crazy and a whole lot interesting. I connected with the characters and found their stories hard to resist. Although I have been quite positive in my review, I did find some loop holes that could have used some needle and thread. I think it is extraordinary work for a first time author. I imagine if more books are on the way, we will see some richer plots and a growth in the author's storytelling ability. I look forward to more adventures with Knox and the Tribe.
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