Body: or, How Hope Confronts Her Shadow and Calls the Flutter Girl to Flight Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Sean's novel, Body, is an inspirational fiction comedy exploring body image and intuitive eating. Body offers readers a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.
- Publication date : November 20, 2019
- File size : 1077 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing (November 20, 2019)
- Print length : 213 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B081SHBP7H
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,458 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Body is a well-written, timely novel dealing with the issues our protagonist Hope and her niece Lana have with self image. Yes, the novel addresses ultimately the nuances approaches necessary to cope with “the shameless, selling shame.” But more importantly, Body rings with great authenticity (especially the family scenes) and is very funny. With strong characterization of Hope's husband Guy, her friend Lilith, Lana, and her eventual mentor Joy, Coons has written a sophisticated novel that captures the inner psychology of Hope and those who inhabit her community.
Coons mines much comedy from Hope’s attempts to transform herself through the sketchy weight loss product Manic Trim and through the shape-shifting advice given from Lilith to become “Tough Hope.” Flirty, manipulative, and incredibly self-disciplined, Lilith is a hilarious force of nature. Serving as a comic counterweight to Lilith’s sharp tongue is Guy, who is constantly a hoot, whether sporting a disturbingly ill-fitting Speedo or his railing against marathon runners or imitating Don Corleone in a conversation with his young son Will about “marks” in school. These characters buoy a novel where some very serious business is transpiring. Hope must battle through her struggles with her self-image every day as she is tested with a variety of personal challenges. The mature presence of the serene and wise Joy gives Hope a steady path forward.
Coons adds layers to the narrative as he juxtaposes Hope’s tale with that of teenage Lana, who is playing a dangerous, flirtatious game with her English teacher Mr. Humbard –one of the many allusional and symbolic names in Body. Typical of the author, Lana’s awkward sexual awakening is cleverly characterized. “To Lana, it seemed that her breasts appeared out of nowhere, and she now carried them like a man who is unexpectedly handed newborn twins.”
Ultimately, through Joy, who had her own challenges and tribulations, Coons unifies the reader’s perception of what confronts a woman in 21st Century society. Body is an appealing, compelling, and relevant novel. I look forward to reading more from this gifted author.
Metaphors and vibrant images are spun with luminous prose - and a honey dipper of sex! It's all about choice and human free will, who wins and how.