Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans – the short beach version of real life

My review of Joanne DeMaio’s second novel, Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans just went live on Amazon.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The short beach version of real life, March 22, 2013
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This review is from: Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans (Paperback)

Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans is a book to read in one or two sittings. It would be disrespectful to the history, quandaries, questions, mysteries and dreams of the characters Joanne has created. It would be a travesty to let this book languish for days or weeks between short reading sessions. My advice: don’t begin unless you have the time to read this novel in no more than two sittings.

Joanne leaves nothing to our imagination except picturing ourselves walking the beach, gazing at the stars, contemplating designing or redecorating a beach cottage, wearing Maris’ designs, falling in love under the summer sky, battling real-life demons and hungering for our deepest dreams.

In true “show and tell” format, Joanne paints a striking picture of life in Stony Point. And though writing a novel is no day at the beach, Joanne’s writing seems effortless and seamless. She sets the background for each scene and each phase for the complex but interesting lives of her true-to-life characters.

At a glance we may think that their lives are far removed from ours. Yet, as we wade into the complex story of each character, elements of our own life stories wash ashore. Their lives: love, loss, joy, pain, troubles, questions, revelations, dreams could easily be ours. In fact, on some level, they reflect our lives: love, loss, joy, pain, troubles, questions, revelations, dreams.

Yes, Joanne DeMaio has created a work of fiction but what she also did is prove that art imitates life. In real life, it takes more than 314 pages to find answers to our questions, to allay our fears, to men broken hearts, to heal our long-festering wounds, to achieve our dreams. But Joanne gives us hope that if we open our hearts, ask the difficult questions, face the harsh truths and don’t give up on our dreams, we too can find love, joy and fulfillment in our own version of the Stony Point experience – the short version of real life.


2 thoughts on “Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans – the short beach version of real life

  1. Cheryl, you're a true-blue … friend, that is. You wrote such a thoughtful review. I love how you talk about the Stony Point experience as mirroring real life and I'm glad you could picture yourself walking the beach and stargazing. I always feel a story should be able to transport a reader like that. It was also intriguing to see your words about art imitating life. Really I don't think there's any deeper truth in art than that.

    I also must say that it was fun to follow along in real time tweets as you read. I would flip open the book to see where you were in the story! And from your last blog post comment, I see that you were in your cuffed jeans, too. Thanks so much for fully living the Stony Point experience!



  2. Joanne,

    You should see my Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans notebook (yep I drafted one of my Field Note Notebooks into service)where I corralled all the juicy quotes and ideas I knew for sure I'd find. I plan to blog about this practice.


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