If you enjoy unexpected twists, thought provoking poetry, and side trips into the past, this is the book for you. Author Phoebe Wilcox and Lilly Press have combined to bring us what the book cover describes as “a tale of love, lust and lyricism.” But don’t jump to conclusions about what you’ll find between the covers; this is not a light-hearted tale of romance. This book will keep you turning the pages and you’ll never expect what happens in the end.
We meet the main characters of the story in an early 1980’s high school classroom as Mr. Everett Finn is eating his lunch. While he eats, student Flora McDermott watches and shares his potato chips. Right now you’re probably thinking typical school girl crush; but this goes far beyond what you may have witnessed in your youth. You’ll have to read on and interpret for yourself the letters and poetry that Flora writes to him. He knew he should report her behavior to the school; however, ego over-ruled reason.
Her best friend doesn’t understand the attraction to a man old enough to be Flora’s father but tries to be supportive. She even does the driving when Flora wants to follow him from school to locate his house.
You’ll learn about Flora’s mother, sister, and father through vignettes inserted in the story line.
But don’t forget about Mr. Finn’s home life. There are issues in his marriage that contribute to the events that unfold. And you won’t want to miss what happens when his wife, Lottie, discovers he’s been holding on to some of those letters.
I found Flora’s mother and Lottie to represent two varying parts of the 60’s culture even though it is now the 1980’s. And as the story moves through time, Flora’s new friends from college add to the mix of unusual characters influencing her choices.
When Flora’s schemes combine with suggestions from friends about what the relationship could or should be collide, you won’t want to miss the craziness that ensues. This book will keep you glued to its pages until you reach the very end.
Review by N. Orlando