The Moral Quandary of Heels
Starting along the scenic seaside and cruising to the American Dream Mall and a designer high heel fashion show, the reader goes on a whirlwind tour around New Jersey with Constance. Her travels into the world of professional coaching, a multi-million dollar industry, lead to a mysterious cyclist, a father-daughter reunion, a fading love, and heroes en route to means to live a good life More
Starting along the scenic seaside and cruising to the American Dream Mall and a designer high heel fashion show, the reader goes on a whirlwind tour around New Jersey with Constance and her best friend, Anette. Librarians at career crossroads, the friends encounter a philosophizing barista who discusses the finer points of style in a screwball comedy café where everything is on the menu from break up coffee drinks to reality TV. From fashion to life choices, Constance's travels into the world of professional coaching, a multi-million dollar industry, lead to a mysterious cyclist, a father-daughter reunion, a fading love, and heroes en route to discovering what it means to live a good life.
Travelers will enjoy Chapters 3 and 4 that take the reader on a state road trip with some detours and nods to New York City and Philadelphia neighbors, while celebrating the impact of universal heroes and heroines from the impressive New Jersey pantheon: Annie Oakley, Grace Kelly, Celia Cruz, Clara Barton, Alice Paul, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Paul Robeson, Walt Whitman, Guglielmo Marconi, Duke Kahanamoku, Joyce Kilmer, John Basilone, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, Juan de Miralles, Casimir Pulaski, James "Don't give up the ship" Lawrence, sports figures: Althea Gibson, Yogi Berra, Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Vince Lombardi, and artists: Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Louis Comfort Tiffany - it is an impressively long list with more to discover.
While the travels share sights, culture, and history in a plot filled with comedy and mystery, the search for balance may be the most elusive destination of all. "In an ultimate mixed martial arts cage fight match-up," Constance wonders, "could opponents in fact be tactical spiritual twins?" The flourishing of bullying and its impact in wide-ranging and often unexpected places raises the question as neighbors no longer "avouch" for each other as described by a loyal baseball fan. The introduction of the chapters by proverbs begins with a thought that anyone might embrace when heading down a new life road: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity".
Although it is Philadelphia's Bradley Cooper "Don't forget the Shoobies" and not Monica Bellucci a la David Lynch who comes to South Jersey romance writer Beatrice Angell Wen in a dream, the trip may provide the unexpected blessing of good company and humor along the way.
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