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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: JJBrown Author (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983821135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983821137
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,326,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The prose sucks you in, and doesn't let go till the last page. This novel should be required reading." - Lillian Rodriguez, actor, New York. 

"Well written and a little bit frightening." - Mike Macartney, engineer, California.  

"Absolutely a MUST READ!" - Laura LME, poet, Milan.

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If you have never lost someone you love, then maybe this isn't the story for you. But if you have, as many of us have, and I have, then stay awhile with me. I'll tell you the story of a woman and the man she loved. I'll call them Eva and Michael. It was their doctor, Emanuel Victor, who told me their story and asked me to share it with you.

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Author J.J.Brown was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York and lives in New York City. J.J.Brown completed a PhD in genetics and worked as a research scientist for 20 years before turning to writing.

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To classify it in one specific genre would be erroneous.
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It is about how people live and love in the world, and how emotions can cause us to make mistakes that change everything in an instant.
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I love the suggestion that this be included on school reading lists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LauraLME on June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have read this book various times, and every time, I see, find and imagine something different about each character, hoping there will be a sequel... I absolutely love the cultural breath, the environment, the atmosphere made of theatre scent and opera sounds, the poetry in it, coexisting with the terrible news of life-changing diseases and the dark shadows of death... But at the same time I am pulled right into the story again, enjoying the moods, the feelings and the unpredictable, smooth, precise way, J.J. is able to write about pain, love and hope.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By New Jersey Reader on January 10, 2012
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On the heels of her debut collection of short stories, Death and the Dream, J.J. Brown is back with her first full novel, Vector: A Modern Love Story. Infusing her signature scientific elements into the story amongst the backdrop of a production of Puccini's La Bohème, the theme of death is explored again here with yet another ethical reality: how much where we live determines our treatment if we get sick, and how to distribute monetary and physical resources (an interesting debate for the times of 2012 when organizations and governments are cash strapped). To a doctor who falls in love with Africa, a clinic and help for the underserved there seems only fitting for him, while a young New York City opera singer inexperienced in the world wonders why he can't help the sick and struggling who are indeed all around him. Is there a "right" choice? A mysterious homeless woman seems to be acting as a conscience throughout the tale. How much are we remembered for how we died versus how we lived? Are we judged if we brought on our own end by bad choices which all humans make at some point, not all are just fatal? Brown nudges our own conscience and belief system with her captivating tale about what passion (romantic and otherwise) drives us to do and choices and consequences.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon B. Buchbinder on June 4, 2012
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In Puccini's La Boheme, a beautiful seamstress falls in love with a poet, is rejected by the poet and dies of TB in the poet's garret apartment, despite the efforts of her best friend to obtain needed medicine. In JJ Brown's novella, life imitates art. Eva, a young opera student learning the role of the beautiful seamstress in La Boheme, is in love with Michael, a philanthropist who runs an AIDS foundation.

Due, in part, to their twenty year age difference, the philanthropist is not interested in her as a lover, but the young virgin pursues him and takes advantage of Michael while he is blacked out from drinking. When he awakens in the morning and discovers what he has done, Michael runs to Africa on the pretext of visiting the hospitals his foundation funds and disappears.

In the weeks that follow, Eva discovers that Michael's interest in AIDs is more than one of a noblesse oblige passed on to him by his wealthy family. Eva seeks medical help and attempts to find Michael. Over time, the young woman becomes involved in the HIV/AIDs community in an effort to heal herself and to forgive Michael.

Will she find the man she still loves and confess her transgression? Or is Michael lost in the heart of darkness?

In an era of declining mortalities and new and potent medications, HIV/AIDs has taken a back seat to other, more dramatic tales in the news. These medications have arrested the deadly epidemic and controlled the disease; however, the treatment has its own insidious price to pay. This beautifully written and moving novella is not an easy read. It is a cautionary tale about not being complacent about this disease and about the tragic consequences of poor choices, even ones made in the name of love.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By creativepubtalk on March 28, 2012
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Michael is a wealthy middle-aged philanthropist with a passion for culture and leading his Foundation, supporting the alleviation of HIV, Aids and TB for sufferers in Africa. Eva is a young talented student of opera, trying to come to terms with understanding her deep love for Michael and accepting his worsening health problem. This book takes you through an enthralling but tangled journey of events and interactions of the two protagonists with others, some close, some distant, as each circles the other, as if in a dream, to confront and assuage their true feelings. The journey commences with the interaction between Eva's first professional performances in La Bohème and Michael's Foundation party and each battling to contain their own inner demons continuing with unexpected consequences brought on from both situations. Vector means carrier in Latin and in Mathematics is defined by both size and direction, as the novel explores, in depth, the love, pain and hope flowing from unforeseen circumstances which Eva and Michael try desperately to control for their own survival.
I thoroughly enjoyed Vector which is by far the best piece of work, for ages, which has kept me both challenged and enthralled from beginning to end. The particular style of J J Brown's writing uniquely brings alive the torment, emotion, pain and despair of not only Eva and Michael but in consequence and complexity, their friends and colleagues too. The devastating impact and betrayal on lives of a life-threatening disease is vividly and sensitively handled around the central love story with all the implications expertly woven into the ongoing plot.
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