In a world of long lived Catholicism the choices are never easy. When the oldest son, the “Golden Boy” is terribly injured no one knows where to turn except the Church. The Church, as often happens; falls short. By a mile or two.
In Shared Emptiness, author John Brinling shows us both sides of the coin. The daughter, outshone on every level by her older brother, who clings to Mass as a life jacket. Mom who has grown up in the Church and feels herself damned for thinking of killing her only son. Dad who isn’t as strict on going to Mass (even if right across the street) but loves to play the horses and loves his family even if he does a piss-poor job of showing it. Then the aunts and uncles and cousins weigh in and they are as torn as the Carters. They have their own issues of pregnancies, dead children, unloved spouses and are getting no answers there, either.
Chris Carter somehow kept this whole group connected. He wasn’t a staunch Catholic, either’ but his grins and personality tied them all up in a nice, neat bow and delivered them to each other. When Chris is hurt and ultimately survives in a vegetative state; everyone at one time or another thinks of pulling his plug. Can one of them actually do it and face retribution from God? Can his agnostic fiancé get up the nerve to free herself from a lifetime of servitude?
This book brings to light many levels of compulsion from the Church, each other and our parents. Brinling has written a special novel and I do encourage all of you to read it. It’s a large story, but it needs to be to explain our needs and wants through the Carter family and its satellite characters.
Hurricanes. Since Katrina, everyone older than 7 knows what a hurricane is and what they do. They
think. Actually, according to the Natural Law, Katrina was a girl who was born a Tempest. All Tempests
names come up once in their life and that is their turn to destroy and kill or, if they’re kind-hearted to
try not to.
Janelle and her dad had just moved to Florida from Michigan. Mom had passed away years ago and Dad
had a new job. Janelle was amazed by the power and force of Hurricane Gary – the first one she’d been
in. She was scared to death and, when she went out in the street to view the damage, she met a
stranger her age. Named Gary. Things didn’t click just then but they did soon after!
Janelle learns that dad had ulterior motives in hauling her to Florida. Everyone seems to have them in
this book. She also learns that the little spiral birthmark she has is shared by many beings and that her
grandmother’s name is Camille. (Remember her????)
This story really caught my attention. Janelle and Gary make it a Y/A novel but other things keep adults
interested as well. Since this is a “part 1” kinda of book I’m hoping Holly will let me read parts 2+.
Cat owners everywhere rejoice! Amy Neftzger has written the ultimate storybook for your fur-babies.
This small novella contains seventeen tails of cat-dom. Want to know how to fool the yapping dog – it’s
in here. The evils of baths – got it covered! “There is great evil in bathing a cat….a lot of shampoos for
pets are fruit scented…..bathing your cat is the same thing as basting it in jam before sending it off to be
This book is hilarious although, to be fair, it is also true. My three boys (Spike, Spot and Sparky) show up
in many of the life lessons written here. If you have your own cats or wish you did – this is your book.
The critters will like the stories, too!