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Confusing the Seasons Paperback – March 14, 2011
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About the Author
DAN CAVALLARI is a freelance writer and photographer. He holds an English degree from the University of Maine, and he is a former high school English teacher. His stories and poems have appeared in several magazines and publications both online and in print, and he is the editor of the online literary magazine Waterlogged August Magazine (www. waterloggedaugust.com). He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife, Rachel, and their dog, Molly, where he is currently working on his next novel, Men Waiting For Sleep.
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Be forewarned: there's a lot of pain in this book. And just when you think you (or the characters!) can't take any more of it, the author turns the screw a little more. And then again, a little more!
The setting is strong and the language is at times beautiful and poetic, making you want to linger. But the author doesn't let you linger for long as he ratchets up the tension slowly and steadily until the final heart-stopping scenes.
Though the sudden POV changes were a bit jarring at first I soon became used to the way Cavallari gets into everyone's head and fleshes out each of the character's motivations, including all the nuances of both light and shadow -- love and anguish -- that eventually play out in the concluding pages.
It's not a story for the faint of heart, but it is worthy, and if nothing else, could be used to remind us all to live with a little more grace and forgiveness towards those we claim to love the most. And ourselves most of all.
All this is enough to keep you absorbed as you learn how and why Jason loses his fiancée, why Robert’s marriage falls apart, how and why alcohol has become a prop in both their lives, and why Bethany has had enough of her husband, who wears his mobile phone so permanently attached to his ear, it’s practically an earring.
But…as you’re page-turning in anticipation…the author throws in the grenade that is Angus. A man in prison who has a bone to pick with one of the brothers. A bone that blows the fragments of the Coates family sky-high.
The author has skilfully created an atmosphere of tension and suspense. Unspoken words, unexpressed feelings all erupt into a mushroom cloud of regret, contrition and decisions that fail to come to fruition.
I would have liked a fuller picture of the fate of a couple of characters...I did find myself asking, 'But what about...' and if it's true the author was a former English teacher, I would have expected fewer errors. That aside, I really enjoyed and would recommend this book.
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Dan Cavallari's debut novel, Confusing the Seasons, is an intense story chronicling the men of the Coates family.Read more