(from author's website)
Driving home from work on a summer afternoon, Melba Burns witnesses a nightmare collision. The wreck ends her pursuit of success at any cost—Melba parks her car, quits her job and stops driving. She retreats into her beloved old farmhouse, yearning for a simpler peace. But peace and Melba’s new roommate, JoLee Garry, have never met. A shallow, self-absorbed stunner, JoLee magnetizes messes and trouble. She brings boyfriends, booze and a tag-along son with her—a series of unexpected guests who transform Melba’s solo life into something different, daring and richer.
In the beginning of the book we're introduced to the main players in the story, which are a diverse group coming from all walks of life. To be honest, I couldn't figure out how these people were going to relate to each other. I read on because I figured it would get to a point in which I'd understand.
I'll tell you this though...when these characters' lives ended up crossing I got it and the "light bulb went off!" After that point I was taken in with the book. This was a story that showed the way we can love or not love other people; the way a person can fall into our lives like it was fate. It was a sad but also inspirational tale about picking back up the pieces of your life when it falls apart.
Overall, I'll say that I really enjoyed this one. It was totally depressing at times yet uplifting to see such a horrid existence overcome with the help of a stranger. "Guest House" was a satisfying read for me.
About The Author:
Barbara K. Richardson's previous work has appeared in Northwest Review, Cimarron Review, Quarterly West and Dialogue. Barbara earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University, where she studied with Ursula Hegi, Nance Van Winckel and John Keeble.
Want More Info?
-About GUEST HOUSE: http://www.barbarakrichardson.com/index.html
-GUEST HOUSE excerpt: http://www.barbarakrichardson.com/chapter-one.html
-Barbara K. Richardson's blog: http://www.barbarakrichardson.com/blog.html
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