Friendship in the Face of Bigotry #FridayFunReads

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Have You Seen Luis Velez?

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Copyright 2019.

 

What Amazon Says

 

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde brings heartwarming authenticity to the story of two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?

Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.

Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.

 

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My Thoughts

 

It’s interesting how we don’t learn right away that Raymond is black. In the beginning, it’s clear that his mother, half sisters, and stepfather, who are all white, are, for the most part, indifferent to him. But the possible reason for this doesn’t come out until later.

I like the author’s realistic portrayal of blindness. Mrs. Gutermann instructs Raymond to put items in her apartment back where he found them. She uses her white cane when out walking with him.

I also recommend this book for its accurate depiction of racism in today’s society. Despite downfall caused by such prejudice, the ending will leave you feeling good.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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My First and Only Sailing Adventure #It’sSix-Sentence-StoryThursdayLinkUp

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In the summer of 1984, my dad, brother, and two uncles and I set sail in a rented thirty-foot sloop with a skipper for a three-hour cruise. Does this sound familiar? No, it’s not the story of Gilligan’s Island.

It’s our family’s story about how I spent three hours on the high seas, huddled over a white bucket. I was so intent on being sick that I forgot to put on sun screen. Needless to say, I was badly burned when we docked, but at least we didn’t end up on a deserted island with no way to get home or make a television show about it.

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt word for this week. I wrote a poem about that sailing experience, which you can read here. It was recently published in The Weekly Avocet. To participate in this week’s blog hop and read what others have to say, click here.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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First Line Fiction (12) #WordPressWednesday

Fellow blogger Beetley Pete has been participating in a daily fiction challenge where he’s given a first line and must complete the story from there. Today’s contribution reminds me of a time when I flew from Wyoming to Florida to visit my brother and couldn’t make it to Billings, Montana, to catch my flight. Enjoy!

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The first line of this fictional short story was sent to me by one of my longest and very best blogging friends, Cindy Bruchman. A published author and blogger, Cindy lives in Arizona, USA, where she works as a teacher. https://cindybruchman.com/

“On a bitterly cold January morning, after saving for two years, he had enough money to buy a plane ticket to Arizona to visit his friend Cindy.”

Travelling in an English winter was never going to be easy, and the day didn’t start out well. Pete had to get to Heathrow Airport, just west of London, and that was one hundred and thirty miles from his home in Beetley.

And there was something else. That old Jimmy Webb song sung by Glen Campbell was playing on repeat in his head.

“By the time I get to Phoenix…”

As well as a flight of over fourteen hours to anticipate, there…

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Dropping Bombs in Literature #OpenBookBlogHop #Excerpt

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “How do you feel about the use of profanity, either in your stories or in what you read?

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I have no sympathy for a character, especially a main character, who frequently  speaks colorful language. Last year, I started a book in which the first-person narrator dropped an F bomb in every other sentence.

Needless to say, I didn’t get very far in that book. I suppose some people talk that way, but it isn’t pretty and isn’t necessary except under certain circumstances.

Let’s take, for example, the following passage from my forthcoming novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me. Daryl is, for the most part, a devout Catholic, not in the habit of swearing. He goes to Mass regularly with his family, and his children have attended parochial schools.

In the scene I’m about to share, he has been trying to work in his law office while grappling with the idea that his wife lied to him about his sixteen-year-old daughter not being his biological child. Then, his wife calls with more bad news, and down comes an S bomb.

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I managed to muddle through somehow until about 12:30, when Marti called.

“They’re closing the girls’ schools early because of the storm. I locked the house when I left, thinking I’d be home before them, but I still have my one o’clock class, and our department chair suddenly scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m.”

“Oh, shit!” I said, staring out my window at swirling snow.

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How about you? What do you think about characters who utter profanities? You can sound off in the comment field below or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what others have to say.

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For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Why You Don’t Remember the Amazing Contributions of H.A. Largelamb #SocialMediaMonday

Have you ever heard of H.A. Largelamb? I haven’t, at least not until now. Check out this post from Commonplace Fun facts, and you’ll be surprised!

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What do you know about the fantastic accomplishments of H.A. Largelamb? Don’t be so quick to say you never heard of him. Although you might not immediately recognize his name, you almost certainly have heard of him. Unquestionably, you have be influenced by his many accomplishments.


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