War in a Beautiful Country

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In this contemplative mystery novel, because death is unknown, life becomes the puzzle.

War In A Beautiful Country follows Regina as she is suddenly forced to find her way through a newly dangerous life already rocked by emotional loss and artistic disappointment. An unexpected event, turns everything around.
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About Patricia Ryan

BIOGRAPHY
Patricia Ryan
WRITER

Patricia Ryan is a published and produced playwright, poet, and author.
She has written two novels, SKYLARK and WAR IN A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.
Her account of 9/11 is published by Doubleday in SEPTEMBER 11: AN ORAL HISTORY, and included in the World Trade Center Memorial archives.
Patricia Ryan’s book, LIVING WITH THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, is included in the libraries of the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the New York City Mayor’s Office, the New York State Senate, the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Her published theater works are included in the archives of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and in Poet's Theater: An Anthology of Recent Works (Ailanthus). They are also listed in Theater World (Crown) and New York's Other Theater (Avon)
Ms. Ryan's poetry and plays have been performed at the Double Image Theater, American Renaissance Theater, The American Ensemble Theater Company, Theater of the Open Eye, Soho Rep, New York University's Theater on the Square, Woman's Interart, the Writers' Stage, Inc., the Golden Fleece Chamber Opera Company, and the Pulse Theatre on Theatre Row, all in New York City.
Her poetry has appeared in NEW YORK QUARTERLY, ISLAND FIRE, SEAWANHAKA, THE RAGGED EDGE, FRISSON, FREE FOCUS, and THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF
WHIMSYand HELIOTROPE, The Joiurnal of Poetry, She is also the author four poetry chapbooks: Small Betrayals of the Mind, How Many Bears Can We Run From, Candlestick, and At Eye Level.

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Email: poetpatsy@gmail.com
BIOGRAPHY
Patricia Ryan
POETRY

Patricia Ryan is a poet, playwright and author.
Her poetry has appeared in NEW YORK QUARTERLY, ISLAND FIRE, SEAWANHAKA, THE RAGGED EDGE, FRISSON, FREE FOCUS, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WHIMSY, FREE FALL and HELIOTROPE, the Journal of Poetry. Her poetry is included in the Poet’s House Collection, one of the most comprehensive poetry libraries in the United States.
She is also the author four poetry chap books: Small Betrayals of the Mind, How Many Bears Can We Run From, Candlestick, and At Eye Level.
Her poems have been set to music and performed by The American Ensemble Theater and the Golden Fleece Chamber Opera Company.
Her published theater works are included in the archives of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and in POET’S THEATER : An Anthology of Recent Works (Ailanthus). They are also listed in Theater World (Crown) and New York's Other Theater (Avon)
Ms. Ryan's poetry and plays have been performed at the Double Image Theater, American Renaissance Theater, The American Ensemble Theater Company, Theater of the Open Eye, Soho Rep, New York University's Theater on the Square, Woman's Interart, the Writers' Stage, Inc., the Golden Fleece Chamber Opera Company, and the Pulse Theatre on Theatre Row, all in New York City.
Her book, Living With The Brooklyn Bridge, is included in the libraries of the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the New York City Mayor’s Office, the New York State Senate, the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ms. Ryan’s account of 9/11 is published by Doubleday in SEPTEMBER 11: AN ORAL HISTORY and included in the World Trade Center Memorial archives.
She has written two novels: SKYLARK and WAR IN A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.
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Email: poetpatsy@gmail.com

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Reviews

Review by: Rod Raglin on April 18, 2015 :
From concept, to presentation, to writing – original and compelling

As I write this review I’m quite pleased this novel has had little no recognition. I don’t say this out of spite. I say this because if something as good as War in a Beautiful Country (WBC) by Patricia Ryan can stay undiscovered than I don’t feel so bad about my books.

WBC is the work of genius – from concept, to presentation, to writing. My books in comparison are, well, let’s say I have something to aspire to.

It’s quirky, perceptive and funny. It’s poignant as well as enlightening, entertaining and original. It ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous and covers a lot of the stuff in between.

The protagonist is Regina, a middle aged woman living in New York City. Regina begins getting surface mail from an anonymous person threatening to blow her up. The idea her life might end violently and without warning makes her examine her existence; her art, her relationships, her activities, her purpose.

WCB is wickedly funny and at the same time wise and worldly with fascinating insights on art and relationships. The prose is crisp and edgy, characters well developed and memorable. There’s powerful imagery and “shock and awe” metaphors.

Perfect? Not quite.

Ryan ignores quite a few writing conventions. It’s not uncommon to have three POV’s in one paragraph – two character’s and the narrator – it gets crowded and confusing.

She has some inventive ways of using punctuation including colons and combinations of question marks and exclamations marks!?!

Not infrequently, the rants by characters smack of author intrusion since they’re not consistent with the character’s personality and don’t advance the narrative. I forgave this because they are often so entertaining I didn’t really care.

Some might also consider the novel too introspective and lacking in action.

To best describe my reaction to this novel is to use the character, Regina’s own words on how she feels when she comes upon “the real thing in others.” Several times while reading this work I had “oh, my god!” moments. I am “staggered under the weight of Patricia Ryan’s talent”.

When God dispensed the Talent Dust, Ryan obviously got equal amounts of magenta (desire) and teal (ability). I was one of the many who got only magenta. Drat.

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