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A Lovely, Indecent Departure Paperback – March 23, 2012
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"Riveting...perfect for any kind of literary escape."--The Wake Weekly
"A Lovely, Indecent Departure is a choice and much recommended addition to general fiction collections."--Midwest Book Review
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From the Author
When in 2007, with their support, I chose to pursue writing full time, I had no real idea of what I was getting myself into. I only knew I wanted to write. Such an endeavor is not without risk and in the months leading up to my leaving my day job, we adjusted our lifestyle and saved what we could to afford me this opportunity. My wife and I talked to our children about doing with less and showed them through example the importance of following one's dream. Even when chronic illness threatened to derail the plan, we helped them to understand that dreams require sacrifice, a life lesson, we hope, they espouse themselves as adults.
Please visit my website to learn more about this journey, and thanks again for thinking of A Lovely, Indecent Departure.
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The reader could feel the mother's fear about being found, although it seemed that the mother had not gone that far underground in her attempt to hide. You could identify with her anxiety and I sometimes found myself looking over her shoulder for her. The author also did a very good job showing how difficult it is for the child(ren) to adapt to a different culture and language. The surprise ending of the book definitely catches the reader off guard.
Technically speaking: The lack of translation from Italian to English made it difficult to follow many of the conversations in the book. The characters were well developed and it was quite easy to empathize with their situations, especially the mother. I also liked the way the author used a new chapter when switching back and forth from character to character. I have come across this technique in other books and I find it works well with certain story lines. One other thing that I really had a problem with was the lack of punctuation in the book. Punctuation is used to help the reader distinguish between characters and I found the lack of it very disconcerting, and a great distraction.
While I thought the book was good and worth reading, due to the items I have listed, I am giving the book a 4 star rating.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
It is always a pleasure to find a book that is well-edited, quick-paced, and an interesting story. A Lovely, Indecent Departure is a one of those rare finds. The characters are wonderfully complex and the story drew me in right away.
Written in a more literary style than most indie books, its many themes and shades of gray would make A Lovely, Indecent Departure a great book club / discussion book.
There are multiple problems with the novel: First, the background story is vague and unresolved. Why was Anna so determined to save her son from his father? Hints were embedded in the story, but never made explicit. The father virtually murdered his ex-wife's mother, yet there was no resolution to that crime. The story Monroe, the sheriff, told to the reporter was boring and distracting. The inclusion of a love story involving Monroe and the town librarian seemed to belong to another novel. There are numerous grammatical errors ("lay" for "lie", "you're" for "your") in the Kindle version. Perhaps an editor caught them before the book was published. The use of Italian to create authenticity made sense, but an experienced novelist would find a better way to let a non-speaker know what was said. I hope the writer keeps writing and improving his work, as he shows real talent at creating believable characters and suspense.
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