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