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Literary Fiction, Comedy, Romance
Aging widower Tobias Seltzer prefers to spend his time with dead authors rather than live, but flawed, humans. That is, until the night Mayflower Bryant corners him in the basement laundry of the Coronado and persuades him to dance with her in his skivvies. Almost against his will, Tobias is drawn into the lives of his misfit neighbors—a grieving widower, a pregnant, homeless teenager, a one-handed juggler, a Vietnam vet left brain-damaged by a misfired suicide attempt, a woman on the edge of Alzheimer’s—and discovers that all problems can’t be solved by reading books. Sometimes, the only solution is life itself. Dan Gilmore’s debut novel takes a darkly humorous, painfully honest look at this last-minute journey toward love and self-discovery.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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If I could do half stars this would be four and a half!
I have to start by saying this is not a sappy, soppy love story. It is about love and life though. What a fabulous book about life, how people who are the least likely make their own little families and care for one another. This really shows how people can change, realise their dreams, and love one another within a short space of time.
I loved how Tobias took on the burden of everyone's secrets, trying to convince himself that he only wanted to go back to his solitary life, having been married and widowed, but never feeling he lived, truly lived. He is such an identifiable character, as so many people wander through life waiting for things to happen and it was so darkly funny, that at times I was chuckling guiltily to myself. I love the opening scene, as I could vividly picture Tobias watching Mayflower.
If you need a book to teach you life is to be lived and not get to the end of untasted, unsavoured , and to enjoy every second of your life you can, read this NOW!! You don't ? Grand, read it anyway, you can't fail to laugh, cry and learn something about people, maybe even yourself. I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. Excellent.
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My story Happiest Black White Man in the World was chose by Robert Olen Butler to be included in 2015 Best Short Fictions. (Queen’s Fairy Press) The same story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Sharing House Journal. My first story Okies won the Raymond Carver fiction contest. I’ve published a novel, A Howl for Mayflower and four collections of poetry, Season Tickets (Pima Press) and Love Takes a Bow (Imago Press), Panning for Gold (Imago Press), and Just Before Sleep (KYSO-Flash press). I have placed in the Martindale Fiction Award, and won three first place awards for short stories in Sandscript. Many of my poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, San Diego Reader, Aethlon, Blue Collar Review, The Carolina Review, Sandscript, Poetry Nook, Sharing House Journal, and Loft and Range. I have also been featured author in the KYSO journal. I am currently working with Clare MacQueen, publisher of KYSO, to produce a full length book of haibun (a combination of prose and haiku) called New Shoes. And I’m working on a second book of short fiction pieces called Prayer Wars.