Today's featured book is Up So Down by our own Briane Pagel:
When "Bumpy" takes his
sister's fiance out for a night on the town, a mysterious drowning
crashes through their lives like a wrecking ball into an
already-crumbling wall. Sarah mourns her lost lover by halfheartedly
joining a group dedicated to proving there is a serial killer on the
loose and jealously guarding her dying mother, while "Bumpy" moves to
Las Vegas to take up a new career, only to accidentally stumble into his
Through the course of a year that unfolds haphazardly
and out-of-sequence, Bumpy and Sarah try to figure out how much of the
past they ought to hold on to, and how much of the future is worth
Comments: This was nearly as good as The After, my favorite Briane Pagel novel. I was reminded of Anne Tyler's Breathing Lessons, a novel that followed two pretty ordinary people and yet somehow made even the relatively mundane bits of their lives seem interesting. Bumpy and Sarah are a little less ordinary than those characters, but they aren't exactly superheroes or mystery-solving physicist-rock guitar players either. But like that book, what makes this great is how even the relative mundane seems exceptional.
Right now you can get it FREE on Amazon!