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New On My Shelf This Week

This new and unexpected addition to my virtual shelf, came as the result of a personal email from the author, with the Kindle download link being provided by the lovely NetGalley folks.

I think that ‘The Odyssey Home’ is going to take me way outside of my usual reading genres, however I am intrigued and drawn in enough by the premise, the alluring cover art and the many interesting reviews and thoughts fellow readers have documented after finishing the book, to give this one a try for myself.

Scott’s own overview of the book and his complete departure from the thriller / legal drama of his first novel, also moved me to add ‘The Odyssey Home’ to my list and I am hoping that he is going to drop by with a guest post very soon, which I can’t wait to read.

The Book – ‘REVENANTSTHE ODYSSEY HOME

ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

The Author – SCOTT KAUFFMAN

Image Of Author Scott Kauffman

Scott graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and in the upper ten percent of his class from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws. He is an attorney in Irvine, California, where his practice focuses upon white-collar crime and tax litigation with his clients providing him with endless story fodder.

Scott claims his fiction career began with an in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer’s eighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, he failed to read the book. An exercise of imagination was required. Scott snagged a B, better than the C he received on his last report when he actually read the book.

Thus began his life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Scott is the author of the legal-suspense novel, ‘In Deepest Consequences’, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. His short fiction has been appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. He is now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories.

Catch up with the latest news on Scott’s website

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You may think you have a memory, but those black-night revelations taught me it is memory that has you for it is only remembrance that renders dignity to death. Remembrance that haunts you and holds you and will not let go. Not ever.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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12 comments
    • Hi Cheryl,

      That premise certainly gave away only just enough information to draw me in and get me hooked. However some of the reviews have been amazing, that is once the readers have exhaled deeply and had time to gather their thoughts together. Now that’s my kind of story!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      The more I read about this one, the more intrigued I am to check it out for myself. It sounds as though ‘The Odyssey Home’ is being treated as a very fine piece of literary fiction.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Ha! there is method in my madness – I so seldom get more than one new book at a time. that I usually include an author biography, just to make the post a bit more appealing, although in all honesty, I do like to know a bit about both the book and the author and not having to link away from the post page, makes life much easier.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.

      I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • This sounds different. I’ll admit I cringe when I hear the word ‘VA’. My husband is a Vietnam vet and has strong opinions about the organization. 😉

    I look forward to hearing more about this author and his work.

    • Hi Kelly,

      The armed forces over here also have Veterans Associations and the feeling amongst the British service personnel, is probably just as mixed as it is amongst the US forces.

      The book itself, is provoking so much interesting reflection and comment, that I am looking forward to reading it as soon as possible. There seems to be a general feeling of needing to exhale long and hard, never really aware that you have been holding your breath for that long, before reviewers can even gather their thoughts together, let alone put down their conclusions in writing.

      Scott stopped by earlier with his guest post, which at first glance, looks as thoughtful and thought provoking as the book itself, so I’ll try and get that published just as soon as possible.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that future posts will change your mind about reading ‘The Odyssey Home’, I know how you are up for a challenge 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I believe this is certainly a book that is going to require plenty of thoughtful consideration whilst being read, to capture all the many different elements of the storyline and characterisations. I am looking forward to the challenge.

      Thanks for stopping by this week, it is great to hear from you 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      The premise is certainly packed with information, however it doesn’t really flesh out the storyline too much, or set the scene. I usually complain that a synopsis is over informative and gives away too much of a story, however Scott is definitely keeping the casual book browser guessing with this one and intrigue is going to be the deciding factor in whether to read on or not!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope that the search for a new co-host for MM is going well 🙂

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