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The Last Refrain Paperback – April 18, 2013

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About the Author

John Abbott is a writer, musician, and English instructor who lives with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  His stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Potomac Review, Georgetown Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Arcadia, Midwestern Gothic, Two Thirds North, upstreet, Bitter Oleander, and many others. For more information about his writing, please visit www.johnabbottauthor.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Sweatshoppe Publications (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615796656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615796659
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,164,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was so impressed by the opening chapter of this novel that I read it once again, thinking that this is excellent writing. My impression did not change throughout the book. Abbott skillfully uses third person limited narration to present each major character's situations, thoughts, and feelings. The story recounts the events of a touring season of the blues/country/rock band, Red Shiloh, as they play a circuit of county fairs and at a few local bars in the Midwest. The members of the band write and perform music and try to earn their livings doing so. Focusing on two love triangles, Abbot shows the psychological challenges of the characters, who do what they must to provide meaning and happiness in their lives, including drug and alcohol abuse, running away, and lying. Abbott's characterizations are convincing. We enjoy and care for these characters. We are happy in their successes and sympathetic for their shortcomings and failures. Abbott's masterful use of vivid imagery allows us to experience memorable settings, particularly of a farm, county fairs, tents, local bars and diners, a seedy part of Chicago, the RV Gypsy Gal. I look forward to Abbott's next novel.
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The Last Refrain succeeds as a solid realistic fiction effort for several reasons. Abbott's down-to-Earth characters come alive as the story evolves and his visually descriptive words enhance the story and make the reader feel a part of this believable tale set in America's Midwest countryside. This first effort novel by Abbott is enjoyable sex, drugs, and Rock-n-Roll and Abbott has intertwined his musical knowledge with smooth wordage that leaves the reader satisfied and looking forward to his next effort. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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