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Re: [bookclub-1303] Book Choice for May

From: Janet
Sent on: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:02 AM
Sounds like an interesting read, gets my vote for May.

--- On Sun, 3/15/09, Julia W <[address removed]> wrote:

> From: Julia W <[address removed]>
> Subject: [bookclub-1303] Book Choice for May
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009, 8:23 PM
> Everyone:I had an author send a message to me about a book
> that he has written that will be going to print in April. 
> He asked whether we would want to read the book in our
> group.  I have attached the details of the e-mail that he
> sent me.  Please just send me a message back if you are
> interested in this for our discussion for the month of May. 
> Thanks!What Matt K
> wrote:--------------­--------------------­--------------------­----------Hello
> Julia,Would you be interested in the chance to read a new
> work of literary fiction and get the unusual opportunity to
> have the author (who lives in the near west suburbs) sit
> down with your group at the end of your discussion? I have
> just completed my 2nd novel, Monhegan Windows, which will be
> published in a limited author's edition within the next
> 2-6 weeks. (The 1st novel remains unpublished at this
> point.)Monhegan Windows is an interwoven pair of stories
> with related narratives set on a very real island off the
> coast of Maine. First you meet Tyler Smith, a man who is
> fleeing his life in Chicago. At loose ends and unable to
> make a decision about anything after the death of his young
> son, for which he feels responsible, he abandons his family
> on a quixotic roadtrip. Half by accident he ends up a
> thousand miles from home, on a small ferry going from the
> Maine coast to Monhegan Island, a small artists' and
> nature lovers' enclave 10 miles out in the Atlantic. And
> as a result of his clumsiness and inattention he finds
> himself stuck on the island, penniless. Next, the second
> story begins with the revelation that someone on Monhegan
> Island is anonymously writing this story of Tyler, publicly
> posting the novel chapter by chapter every few days for
> islanders and visitors to read. The people on the island
> don't know who the author is, but the reader soon learns
> it is Jonah Landry, a man like his protagonist, only his
> tragedy is deeper and his depression all-encompassing; about
> 8 months earlier he lost his entire family. Only when he
> encounters a woman in a meeting he is unsure at first is
> real does his smothering paralysis have a chance to ease.The
> two threads wind their way through the summer months on the
> island, as both Jonah and Tyler in their respective stories
> become involved with women artists and with the island's
> summer life as they seek to emerge from their crises. The
> styles of the two stories contrast as they both address
> themes of loss & recovery and art & creativity. Tyler's
> story is told first-person, present tense in a
> conversational tone; Jonah's is third-person, past
> tense, lyrical and meditative. Plus, there are
> complications, both in what happens and in how the stories
> interweave and how the novel itself is structured.Moreover,­
> Monhegan Windows blends in photography and art as well.
> Tyler's story is accompanied by two dozen photographs
> taken on Monhegan, all with a window theme; and each of the
> 24 chapters of Jonah's story is headed with a painting
> by a Monhegan artist. The book is about 360 pages long,
> though 24 full pages and 24 half pages are filled by these
> visuals. I will not try to steamroll you as to the quality
> of the book, though I will note that I have been a
> professional writer for nearly 30 years. You may judge for
> yourself by checking my website, ridgewoodpublication­
> In the Books section of the site is a link to a PDF
> presenting the first 40 pages of the novel. (The rest of the
> website will show you my "day" work as a writer,
> publisher and photographer.)Finall­y, here is the high
> concept of the novel, how I first got started on it: Way
> back in 1997, I read The Bridges of Madison County. I liked
> Waller's concept of pairing a character novel with
> photos (albeit far too small), all placed in a very specific
> geography. But I was disappointed by his poor writing. I had
> just visited Monhegan for the second time and thought it
> would be a wonderful place to set a novel, especially one
> with more substance and literary merit.Thank you for reading
> this e-mail. I do hope you are intrigued. If you are but
> need more, I can forward you a PDF of the entire novel, or I
> could even get you a prepublication copy of book (a printed
> and bound mass paperback).-- Matthew Kiellp.s.: I am the
> Organizer of the Oak Park Writers, Artists & Musicians
> Group---------------­--------------------­--------------------­---------*
> If you'd like to see the Meetup profile for Matt K,
> visit:http://www.meetup...­--
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