#Publication: “Siren Song”

I am very pleased to share that my short story, "Siren Song," has been published by Adelaide Literary Magazine.  Please read on, and I'll tell you all about it! The Inspiration The inspiration for the story was a conversation between a high school classmate and me about the breakup of his youthful, ill-advised marriage. I … Continue reading #Publication: “Siren Song”

Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau: A Review

I am delighted to share this wonderful review of Telling Sonny by Charles French! It’s such good motivation to keep on writing.

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Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau is a poignant, bittersweet, and powerful novel of love, loss, and an exploration of both New England and the vaudeville circuit in the first half of the 20th Century. She shows the reader a world that few have known personally and of which few are aware, and she draws the reader into that world seemingly effortlessly.

Gauffreau skillfully tells the story of Faby Gauthier and her life in Vermont both during and after she met, was seduced, and married a dancer named Slim White on stage and Louis Kittell in his real life. Sonny is a selfish man who uses his sophistication to take Faby’s virginity and impregnate her. At this time, for a girl with a child on the way, this was a difficult situation. Gauffreau handles the story beautifully. It is neither overly sentimental nor it is maudlin. Gauffreau weaves her story…

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Telling Sonny

I am very pleased to share this five-star review of my debut novel Telling Sonny on Bonnie Reads and Writes. Bonnie is a prolific reader and reviewer with a very wide range. I’d encourage you to check out her site. You’re bound to find a book that will appeal!

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Faby Gauthier lives in a small town in Vermont in the 1920’s. She is bored with small town living and fascinated by Vaudeville and the showbiz life. When she meets Slim White, a dancer in a traveling Vaudeville show, she quickly gets pregnant and caught up in a marriage that happens before she knows it. We follow Faby on the Vaudeville circuit, travel with her on uncomfortable train trips, and stay with her in cheap hotels as we learn about the less glamorous side of showbiz.

This is a beautifully written novel by Elizabeth Gaffreau that starts in small-town Vermont and takes us all over the Vaudeville circuit in the Eastern United States in the 1920’s. We learn a lot about Vaudeville life, sacrifice, and the loss of innocence. We are shown through Faby’s sister the life she could have had. We are also reminded of the priceless gift of…

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Publication: “Leaving the Farm” (Failed Novel Redux)

Picking the Bones I have written two failed novels. The first one I didn't finish; the second one I did. Three years ago, I wrote a blog post about it: "Failed Novel, Anyone?" As I noted in that post, the whole of the novel was less than the sum of its parts, the parts being … Continue reading Publication: “Leaving the Farm” (Failed Novel Redux)