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7 Valuable Life Lessons from Roald Dahl

September 15, 2016 Book Talk, Giveaway, Spotlight Author 4



There has rarely been an author to make as much a difference in the lives of children and adults than Roald Dahl. Although Dahl’s word creations like oompa loompa, whizzpopper and splendiferous are all instantly recognizable, his life lessons are what we truly remember. Here’s a round-up of 7 messages Roald Dahl delivers in his books:

Kindness matters

I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else. . .  Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind.
If you’re kind that’s it. ~Roald Dahl

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Beauty comes from the inside.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~The Twits

You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I’ve also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It’s sure to be a phony. ~Danny the Champion of the World


Girls are heroes too

In Matilda you’ve got Ms. Honey and Matilda herself;
In The BFG, Sophie is a remarkable heroine;
In The Witches the Grandmother is said to be based on Dahl’s amazing mother

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world. ~Matilda

The fact that I am still here and able to speak to you (however peculiar I may look) is due entirely to my wonderful grandmother. ~The Witches

Reading is a great cure for loneliness

So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone. ~ Matilda

All you do is to look, At a page in this book, Because that’s where we always will be. No book ever ends, When it’s full of your friends.  ~ The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

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Find the whimsy and fun in life

“A whizzpopper!” cried the BFG, beaming at her. “Us giants is making whizzpoppers all the time! Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness. It is music in our ears! You surely is not telling me that a little whizzpopping if forbidden among human beans?”  ~The BFG

“The matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.” ~The BFG

Family is most important

My darling,’ she said at last, ‘are you sure you don’t mind being a mouse for the rest of your life?’ ‘I don’t mind at all,’ I said. ‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.  ~ The Witches

But as soon as they heard the door opening, and heard Charlie’s voice saying, “Good evening, Grandpa Joe and Grandpa Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina,” then all four of them would suddenly sit up, and their old wrinkled faces would light up with smiles of pleasure. ~Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Friends are needed and come in all shapes and sizes

“He is a good giant, Your Majesty,” Sophie said. “You need not be frightened of him.” “I’m delighted to hear it,” said the Queen, still smiling. “He is my best friend, Your Majesty” ~The BFG

And James Henry Trotter, who once, if you remember, had been the saddest and loneliest little boy that you could find, now had all the friends and playmates in the world. ~James and the Giant Peach

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Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

Many thanks to Wunderkind PR and Penguin Young Readers/Puffin for including The Novel Life in the Roald Dahl 100 Tour

Roald Dahl has touched countless lives through his novels. His stories still resonate today. It’s difficult to choose one favorite Dahl book or character, so instead, I’d love to know which ones have stayed with you the longest! or that you have had the most fun reading aloud?!?

Happy 100th Roald Dahl!




30Authors: Julie Cantrell Recommends

September 11, 2016 Book Talk, Guest Post, Spotlight Author 2

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#30Authors is an event started by The Book Wheel that connects readers, bloggers, and authors. In it, 30 authors review their favorite recent reads on 30 blogs in 30 days. It takes place annually during the month of September and has been met with incredible support from and success in the literary community. It has also been turned into an anthology, which is currently available on Amazon and all author proceeds go to charity. Previous #30Authors contributors include Celeste Ng, Cynthia Bond, Brian Panowich, and M.O. Walsh. To see this year’s full line-up, visit or follow along on Twitter @30Authors.

Oh my dear friends are you in for a treat! I’ve been following Julie Cantrell’s writing career since I fell in love with Into the Free when it was shortlisted for the Inspy’s. Since then I’ve read all three of her books: Into the Free, When Mountains Move and The Feathered Bone. Julie weaves social justice issues throughout her novels. Into the Free {my review here} tackles child abuse and neglect along with parental depression in a time where these things were hidden under the proverbial rug. When Mountains Move is a testament to faith while dealing with breaking the abuse cycle, the aftermath of rape, and learning to trust . The Feathered Bone: human trafficking, emotional abuse, depression and again, faith that moves mountains.

When Allison at The Book Wheel asked me if I’d like to host Julie for #30Authors, I believe she might have heard me all the way across the country being all fan-girlish and shouting, “yes! yes! please!” Discovering the books favorite authors read and enjoy makes me feel like I’m getting an inside look. I hope you enjoy Julie’s review of Trials of the Earth as much as I did!

Julie Cantrell Recommends

trials of the earthWhen asked to review my “favorite recent read” for 30 Authors, I struggled to choose one title. An avid reader, I always find the task as impossible as naming my favorite child. There simply is no favorite. (Y’all can relate, can’t you?!)

Given the challenge, I snapped up some of the latest, greatest novels on my bedside table. I tore through the pages determined to find the perfect recommendation, but none shaped my soul the way some older releases had managed to do. Flustered, I turned to memoirs, my lifelong true love (truth be told).

As a last resort, I walked into a bookstore on the very day this review was due (ever the slacker). An eye-level book on the front shelf was Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton (Oh, to have that placement someday!). With its earth-toned landscape and contrasting stark-white silhouette, the cover called to me, and upon reading the description, I was hooked: “The powerful, only known first-person account of one woman’s struggles and triumphs taming the Mississippi Delta.”

“This is it,” I said to my friend who had been made aware of my hunt for the ideal book.

“Wanna look around a bit?” he suggested. “You might find something better.”

Two hours later, we returned to that front shelf and snagged Trials of the Earth, laughing as he claimed he would never doubt me again.

It was no surprise I selected this title. I’m a Louisiana native who lived in various parts of The States before relocating to Mississippi in 2004. My debut novel was set in the Delta and I am drawn to memoirs of strong women, particularly those who stray from expected social norms.

Mary’s story intrigued me for many reasons, so I read the preface and discovered it had been written in 1933 when a friend encouraged the narrator to pen her tale merely three years before her death. Unpublished for more than fifty years, the memoir eventually came to shelves through the University Press of Mississippi but was recently republished by Little, Brown and Company, finding its way to my hands and drawing a patter of my heart.

This story is a simple read, free of literary descriptions or detailed character development. In fact, the blunt plainness of the text is part of the appeal. It flows with an authentic, almost dry style that makes me want to peel the layers off and dig deeper into Mary’s heart. A tough survivor, she does not dwell on emotional details, even when she describes the loss of her father, brother, mother, sister, and four children. Life was hard. She accepted it as such and weathered each trauma with a grit reserved only for the most steadfast of spirits.

While I was interested in the day-to-day requirements necessary to navigate the countless perils of 19th-century Mississippi wilderness—particularly a scene in which the riverbanks began sloughing with rapid intensity forcing the homesteaders to frantically save their tent, raft, and gear from the encroaching waters as well as descriptive trials with mosquitoes, mill accidents, archaic medical practices, and a plethora of predators—it was Mary’s way of viewing the world that fascinated me most. I appreciate a book that allows me to experience life through a different lens, especially when that lens offers direct contrast to my way of seeing things. For example, while blatant prejudice was not displayed, it was clear from undertones that Mary considered “Negro” and Jewish people to be of little worth, and that she had a particular distaste for Baptists. These blanket criticisms were disturbing to read, but I appreciate that the history was preserved, revealing an uncensored portrayal of one woman’s mindset during that particular time period.

Equally interesting was Mary’s marriage. Time and again she wrote that she wasn’t sure if what she felt for her husband was “love.” In fact, she seemed to be co-dependent in the sense she was happiest when she felt needed, even if that required her husband to be ill, drunk, or broken. This was what Mary knew of love, and this is how she lived her life, serving and caring for the men and children while cooking for upwards to 120 boarders and millworkers and going through nearly “a barrel of flour” a day as the laborers cleared the land. She knew her strengths, and she was determined to provide for those under her care.

Mary was a hard worker, a practical minded housekeeper, and a family matriarch who took great pride in keeping up appearances. She didn’t mind if her husband drank too much, as long as he did it in the privacy of their own home. It seemed she was imprisoned at times by her own insecurities and felt most free when the family left the constraints of mainstream society to camp in the backwoods of the Mississippi swamplands. There she could be most herself, without as much worry about what other townsfolk thought of her. This speaks volumes about the pressures women felt both then, and now, as a result of social expectations.

Ultimately, this story is one that shines a positive light on a woman who accepted a different kind of normal. She was never afraid to stand up for herself or for those she loved, exhibiting a fierceness that saved her own life and the lives of countless others, no doubt. By following her husband into the rough country, Mary Mann Hamilton thrived, leaving a legacy for her descendants and continuing to give the family heirs reason to exalt her today.

A spunky, brave, and resilient pioneer, Mary Mann Hamilton gives us a window into a world that is at once distant and near, unique yet universal, ancient yet timeless. But above all else, she tells the story of one woman’s will to endure life’s greatest hurts, and that, my friends, is a story to which we can all relate.

Here’s to Mary Mann Hamilton and the women who came before us. Let’s share a toast to the strong ones.

Happy Reading!


About the Author

Julie CantrellJulie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, a debut novel that earned both the Christy Award Book of the Year (2013) and the Mississippi Library Association’s Fiction Award. The sequel, When Mountains Move, was named a 2013 Best Read by LifeWay, was shortlisted for several awards, and won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her third novel, The Feathered Bone, released January 2016, earning a starred review by Library Journal.

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On Women’s Rights with Author Juliette Fay

July 5, 2016 Author Interview, Spotlight Author 2

Y’all don’t think me too crazy for geeking out over a conversation with Juliette Fay, author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters. Not only has she written 4 award-winning books, she is also quite the impressive person herself!  Her early days were spent as a Jesuit volunteer working with the homeless. She then went on to graduate from Harvard with a master’s degree in public policy. Ms. Fay has seemingly spent a lifetime caring for others while bringing attention to social issues.

In The Tumbling Turner Sisters, {my review here}, the focus is on early 20th century social issues like racism, women’s equality and anti-Semitism. Reading this book made me glad to be living in this time period yet also fascinated by how far we’ve come as a society in a hundred years. And unfortunately, how much further we need to go.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Juliette Fay!

Juliette Fay

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You write about such controversial issues that were prevalent in 1919, like racial inequality and women’s rights. How did you find a way to approach them with respect and grace?

The sexism and racism of the time was so ubiquitous, such a part of the fabric of everyday life, that most people didn’t see it. It was just the way things were. As with so many forms of prejudice and inequality, it was only when it affected someone you actually you knew that you might say to yourself, “Gee, that’s not fair.”

The two narrators of The Tumbling Turner Sisters are working class teenage white girls from a relatively small town. I had to approach it through their eyes, feel it through their skin. They don’t even know any African-Americans until they meet Tippety Tap Jones.

But they do get to know him, and find him to be helpful, hardworking and tremendously talented. When his race is used against him in such a blatant way, right before their eyes, they are treated to a shocking dose of what he goes through on a regular basis. This changes them, makes them question the social norms they take for granted—and not just about race. About everything. It leads them to look more closely at the inequalities they face as women, and to be ready to stand up and challenge them. To live, as they say, “larger lives.”

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the tumbling turner sistersYou highlight the struggles that women had to endure in the 1900’s. Why did you feel it was an important issue to share with women today?

I chose the year 1919 for the novel precisely because it was a time of great social change, especially for women. The question of whether they were competent to vote had raged for 70 years, and was just about to be settled! A big part of that debate was how women’s suffrage would affect society at large—there was genuine fear that if women could vote, they would suddenly become “political,” throw off their apron strings and stop feeding their children. The American family would disintegrate. It was a lot like the argument for slavery: we need someone to do this work, so let’s make it virtually impossible for them to do anything else.

Women and people of color have it vastly better than their forbearers, but society is still rife with racism (though it tends to be more covert) and women still only earn about seventy percent of what men make for the same work. I hope readers will feel both grateful for how much headway we’ve made, and at the same time more aware of the fact that we still have a ways to go. I hope they’ll think about it, talk about it, and maybe even be inspired to take action that keeps us moving in the right direction.

Juliette Fay is the award-winning author of four novels: The Tumbling Turner Sisters, The Shortest Way Home, Deep Down True, and Shelter Me. She received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Juliette lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. Her website is


Spotlight on Laura Barnett: Authors Who’ve Most Influenced My Work

May 26, 2016 Spotlight Author 2

I am constantly fascinated and amazed by the authors who influence a writer. It’s like taking a peek at a writer’s bookshelf, but even better! This way there’s more background on why a particular author is chosen!

So, it is with immense pleasure that I bring you author, Laura Barnett.  Her debut novel The Versions of Us, was released in the U.S. earlier this month after first being released in the UK June, 2015. Plus 24 additional countries have since published The Versions of Us!  In case you missed it, my review is here.

Without further ado, welcome Laura Barnett!

Laura Barnett

I wouldn’t be the writer – or the person – I am today if it weren’t for Anne Tyler. I was thirteen when I read my first Tyler novel, A Slipping-Down Life: the book had come free with my mum’s women’s magazine, and she passed it on to me.

It was so much better than I was expecting: there, caught between those flimsy paperback covers, was a young woman’s whole life, rendered in all its blazing ordinariness and tawdry glamour. Since then, I’ve read every novel Tyler has written, and her particular brand of clear-sighted, emotionally cogent, unshowy realism has probably been the biggest single influence on me as an author.

While writing my debut novel, The Versions of Us, I discovered another author who would send shockwaves through my understanding of the power of literary realism. Elizabeth Jane Howard was, for a time, married to Kingsley Amis, and was also, for me anyway, the far more interesting writer. She died in 2014, but I read an interview with her the year before – just as I’d started the first draft of The Versions of Us – and thought she sounded wickedly intelligent and fascinating.

I began the first of Howard’s five-novel series, the Cazalet chronicles – about an upper middle-class English family before, during and after the second world war – and was dazzled by it. Her writing is intense, almost hypnotic, and incredibly detailed – we get everything from the characters’ innermost thoughts to the brands of shampoo they are using. I read all five Cazalet books in quick succession, and they gave me so much courage in my own attempts to capture life as it is actually lived, and pin it to the page.

My other ambition for The Versions of Us – and for all my writing, really – is to explore love not as an idealised, impossible dream, but as the real, flawed, multi-faceted, difficult emotion we all experience day to day. The writer who has most influenced that aspect of my work is probably Richard Yates. I read his novel Revolutionary Road – as devastating an examination of a bad marriage as anything ever written – shortly before my own wedding. It probably wasn’t the best timing, but I took such a useful lesson from it about not being afraid to confront the most challenging aspects of love, as well as its many joys.

The Versions of Us is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Laura Barnett is an author and a journalist based in southeast London. An arts journalist and theater critic, Laura writes for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London. An interesting side note ~ Laura has an article in the British Vogue on migraines. The article perfectly sums up the life of a chronic migraineur. {Laura, as a fellow sufferer since age 19, I can empathize with you and the women in your family. Thank you for your wonderful article and attempting to quash a few myths about it being ‘just a bad headache.’}

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from Goodreads:

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In one moment, two lives will be changed forever . . . and forever . . . and forever.

The one thing that’s certain is they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate ways. They kissed, or they thought better of it. They married soon after, or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together, or found solace together only after hard years spent apart.  With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a world as magical and affecting as those that captivated readers in One Day and Life After Life. It is a tale of possibilities and consequences that rings across the shifting decades, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives.


Guest Post: Collage of Words by Tori Eversmann and a Giveaway

December 7, 2015 Guest Post, Spotlight Author 0

When I asked Tori to share a few authors who inspire her work never did I expect such a beautiful piece honoring those writers. This is more a love letter to writer inspiration rather than ‘just a guest post.’  Thank you, Tori, for sharing your admiration of authors and the inspiration you’ve gained from their writings. I’m honored to host you on The Novel Life.

Join me, Lovely Reader, in welcoming Tori Eversmann, author of The Immortals.

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Matt and I recently went to a lecture on the collage art medium given by our artist-friend Bruce Helander. Bruce is arguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country so we listened intently. To be honest, I’d never given much thought to the diversity of the collage medium other than the works of Man Ray or Andy Warhol’s iconic “Marilyn Diptych”. Collage allows artists to interact with existing materials – anything from newsprint and magazines to maps, tickets and propaganda and photographs – to rip them apart and then reassemble them, creating visually dynamic hybrids. Collage artists are the original up-cyclers, where old products are given more use, not less, of everyday things. Every one-sixteenth of an inch of canvas is scrutinized and thoughtfully played out. The more Bruce spoke about the medium, the more I realized that writing is similar to collage – creating words on words, editing, collecting, reusing, rehabbing; where inspiration comes from everything, and the writer and her muse perform a beautiful ballet with a full symphony orchestra.

When I consider writers who up-cycle words and inspire me, the list is long, but three immediately come to mind: Stephen King, Anne Lamott, and John Updike. Like the collages of Nancy Spero, Raoul Hausmann, and Henri Matisse, these authors reclaim words in a texture that speaks to me.

Stephen King is a staple in the horror novel genre. Almost from word one, the reader is hooked until the last period in the book. I devoured The Shining, Salem’s Lot, and Cujo like dark, gooey fudge. For years after reading Pet Cemetery and IT I looked under my bed and stared down at the shower drain to ensure that an eldritch shape-shifter wouldn’t drag me down to the sewer. The movie versions never quite lived up to the books, but I dutifully went to the theater anytime a new Stephen King premiered. With precision I remember my first semester freshman year at Skidmore College when my English lit professor asked the class who their favorite author was. Without hesitation I gleefully shouted out, “Stephen King. I’ve read most of his books!” The rest of the class recited more adroit answers like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Tolstoy, and Victor Hugo as the stunned professor looked at me like I had just slipped off my old shoes and let my foot odor out into the room. I blushed at my perceived literary obtuseness and stared at the tips of my shoes while the skin on my cheeks burned holes down to the bone. It wasn’t until I began writing my own novel that I truly understood why my freshman answer may have seemed embarrassing to me at the time, but I certainly wasn’t wrong. Stephen King is a crackerjack storyteller; and, reading a story by an expert raconteur is one the primary benefits of reading. Often enough I have been in the beginning or middle of a book with a deft plot and then find myself staring for several minutes at a tiny water spot on the ceiling wondering if we have a hole in our roof and not caring if I ever turn another page in said-book again. Not when I read Stephen King. Not by a long shot. No matter how scared, I kept reading even when I knew that demonic shape-shifter was waiting for me in the gutter.

On a far less scary note, Anne Lamott once wrote, “I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness—and that can make me laugh.” To me, Anne Lamott is one of the wittiest, most-talented writers I’ve encountered. She does not hold back, not for a moment. Wild horses couldn’t keep her from spitting out honest phrases that cut right to the heart of the matter. If I am one-percent as clever as she is, I’d consider it a win for me. Her self-effacing writings have me laughing out loud even when it’s on a depressing topic such as alcoholism or politics in the United States. Like architects Gaudi or Wright, her full dimensional style leaves an imprint on the brain that, while salient, is also unique. I’d love to claim these words as mine, “Laughter is carbonated holiness.” Anne Lamott feels like my good friend even though I’ve never met her: I enjoy being with her books because her prose is like a passport granting me access into the shallow underbelly we all try to hide, yet she celebrates with ruthless honesty. Forgive me for being trite but my copy of Bird by Bird is dog-eared and cherished since I never tire of reading about Lamott’s father, brother and the bird term paper due the next day. Sometimes when I don’t want to go on writing or am struggling to think of an ending, I think I hear Kenneth Lamott, Anne’s father, whispering to me, “Bird by bird, Tori. Bird by bird.”

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And, of course, I must mention an author whose fictional characters embody exceptional flaws and such bad judgment that I wonder if they’d ever been told simply, “no”. The summer between my junior and senior years of college, I read the Rabbit quartet, in order, Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit is Rich; and Rabbit at Rest John Updike’s seminal series about a man, who lives on impulse and appetite, trying to escape his life and who, when we first meet him, lives, in all places, Mount Judge. Updike’s velvety language snared me although the story is quite sad and controversial. But what I loved even more was that Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom is completely imperfect. He’s a likeable liar, a bit of an unreliable narrator. I don’t think I’d pick up the Rabbit series now, but as an angst-filled twenty-one year-old English major, I couldn’t get enough of John Updike and his dialectical theology theme (e.g., God’s relationship to humanity embodies both grace and judgment). To me, Updike’s words epitomize the collage medium. How adept he was to create such an opus that I kept reading – by what he called, in the preface to his The Early Stories, “giving the mundane its beautiful due” – that I would be remiss if I didn’t think of Updike as one of my main inspirations.

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I could write a term paper on writers who’ve inspired me because I am loathe to leave out Anne Rice, Shakespeare, Barbara Kingsolver, and yes Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Tolstoy, and Hugo. Not to omit also, the talented pool of new literary fiction writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Jhumpa Lahiri. However, I will never be them, nor they me. Perhaps it is best also to be inspired by my own life and collect my own stories thus creating a series of Tori Eversmann collages. A friend of mine who recently finished reading my novel, The Immortals, wrote me this:

“A Dostoevsky quote comes to mind as I reflect on your [protagonist] Calli. ‘Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.’  I believe you have both a great intelligence and a deep heart and hope that you’ve left the sadness behind.”

What a compliment to me as a new author. Maybe one day I’ll inspire someone after she’s read some up-cycled words I make into a collage.

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When we first meet Calli Coleman, a classically trained musician from a well-connected Baltimore family, it is the summer of 2005 and the United States has been at war in Iraq for two years. She has been uprooted from the hometown she adores and abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York outside of Fort Drum. Naïve to all things military, Calli has no idea what’s in store for her when Luke’s infantry unit deploys to the Iraq War to an area CNN dubs “The Triangle of Death”. Left back in New York with their three-year-old daughter Audrey, black Labrador Satchmo, and a fat cat named Charlemagne, Calli has a steep learning curve as she tumbles into a complicated social hierarchy where she finds her well-heeled childhood does her more harm than good. Desperately missing her friends and family and amid the impertinent Army wives, unlikely friendships evolve with Josie, Rachel, and Daphne. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, and certainly unlike her dynamic, jet-setting best friend Eula, these women will nonetheless come together for courage, support, and to embark upon the deeply emotional roller coaster ride of being an Army wife.

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