Reading with the Authors: The Immortalists
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
Good morning again Bookworms.
Campbell and I are back with a most excellent book review by Author Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Abbie has once again with her review, managed to cause me to add yet another book to my ever growing TBR list.
Abbie’s reviewing style is one of honesty and clarity.
She writes not only of all the wonderfully glowing things about a book, but also points out things to watch for that might be hard to follow or understand.
I love that she includes a glimpse into her own writing preferences.
Take a look at this magnificent review. Once you’ve read, make sure to keep on going to find out how you can pick up Abbie’s wonderful books.
In 1969, four Jewish children in New York City visit a psychic who tells each one of them the day he or she will die. These children grow up, all the while aware of their predicted death dates. The two youngest, Simon and Clara, move to San Francisco, where Simon, who is gay, becomes a dancer, and Clara becomes a magician, marries, and has a child. The next youngest, Daniel, marries and becomes a doctor, and the oldest, Varia, becomes a scientist.
I read about this book on an email list. One thing I didn’t like was the author’s shift between present and past tense. She uses past tense mostly for flashbacks, but at times, I wasn’t sure if she was flashing back or in the present. As a writer myself, I prefer the use of past tense only with flashbacks perhaps told in the past imperfect tense.
Otherwise, I found this book fascinating. I like the way the author explores the question of to know or not to know when you’ll die. It also makes you wonder if those children’s lives would have been different if they hadn’t visited that psychic and heard her predictions of when they would die.
MORE ON ABBIE…
Announcing a new nonfiction book:
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds (Copyright July 2016 / 275 pages in the print edition)
by Abbie Johnson Taylor
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson, visually impaired, married Bill Taylor, 19 years her senior and blind. Three months later, he suffered the first of two strokes that confined him to a wheelchair. Using prose and poetry, the author tells the story of how she met, married, and then cared for Bill for six years, detailing both happy and sad times. My Ideal Partner is for sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) from Amazon, CreateSpace, and Smashwords. More details and buying links are on the author’s website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com/
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She is the author of three other published books: a romance novel and two volumes of poetry.
My Ideal Partner was edited and produced by David and Leonore Dvorkin, of Denver, Colorado. For details of their services, please see http://www.dvorkin.com/epubhelp/