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Rochester Hills students create nonprofit to donate diverse books to public libraries VIA @Local4News @RochesterPLD #michiganwriters #motownwriters #writerslife #mittenlit #michlit

Rochester Hills students create nonprofit to donate diverse books to public libraries

By Koco McAboy – Reporter, Dane Sager Kelly

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – A new donation from Girls of the Crescent to the Rochester Hills Public Library added to the diversity of the books available.

“We’re the public’s library,” said Christine Lind Hage, the director of the library. “We have 100,000 people, so our collection serves all of them.”

The library now has new books aimed at teenagers and children highlighting Muslim women as the main characters.

“There’s more traditional stories like ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ ‘Snow White,'” said Betsy Raczkowski, the manager of youth services at the library. “Every kid is going to recognize that and then there’s more cultural and religious books and then there’s also fun fiction.”

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Join Local #MichiganWriters @PontiacLibrary June16th Noon | SUPPORT LOCAL | READ A BOOK | ENCOURAGE LITERACY #motownwriters #writerslife #detroit

Join Romantic Suspense Author, @SylviaHubbard1, along with other local @MichiganWriters June16th Noon @PontiacLibrary | https://www.eventbrite.com/e/authors-expo-tickets-43905265832 

Purchase a book, get a beautiful reading treat!

SUPPORT LOCAL | READ A BOOK | ENCOURAGE LITERACY

#motownwriters #writerslife #detroit

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#Detroit Christian Writers Literacy Fair July 14th via @JonMWynne #michiganwriters #motownwriters #michlit

For the Christian Writers Literacy Fair we’re looking to encourage aspiring writers to go forward. We’re looking for up to 4 sponsors at $250 each and Vendors tables are only $30 up to 7 vendors will be able to talk about their work for an additional $20. There will be 3 workshops/ Seminars. 1. Raising A Writer (for parents) 2. Writing Your Book. 3. Publishing 101. The workshops are $5 per 1 hour session. We will have interactive story tellers for children. Writing Activity Stations for all ages 0-100. The event itself is free.

We hope you can sponsor. Vend or participate in some way. For Sponsor or Vendor Application or more info email me at nsptyouthevents

Please share with other writers, readers book clubs and community groups

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Kick Open the Doors! by Michigan Sisters in Crime (@Mi_SinC) #michlit #motownwriters #authors #michigan #writers

We’ve had a tremendous response to our February 24 members-only event, but have room for more.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, February 24, 2018

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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LOCATION

Clubhouse at Country Club Village

39554 Dun Rovin Drive

Northville, MI 48168

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Kick Open the Doors at our first all-members board meeting, where you’ll hear the latest on what’s ahead for MI-SinC in 2018 and have the opportunity to participate in brainstorming its future and volunteering for roles in its development.

The brief meeting will be followed by a panel discussion where authors from every side of publishing, from national best sellers to successful indies, will discuss their experiences and answer questions.

Following the panel will be a fun social activity–Cafe Conversations, where various topics will be discussed for ten minutes among those seated at one of four tables. At the end of that time, you will move to a different table for a different discussion. Details will be provided at the session.

To wrap up the day, there will be refreshments and informal discussions–a great opportunity for you to meet other MI-SinC members.

NOTE: This is a members-only event. Registration begins at 12:30


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Sylvia Hubbard, Motown Writers Network

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Kick Open the Doors! by Michigan Sisters in Crime (@Mi_SinC) #michlit #motownwriters #authors #michigan #writers

We’ve had a tremendous response to our February 24 members-only event, but have room for more.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, February 24, 2018

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Add to Calendar

LOCATION

Clubhouse at Country Club Village

39554 Dun Rovin Drive

Northville, MI 48168

View Map

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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-open-the-doors-tickets-42461741211 

Kick Open the Doors at our first all-members board meeting, where you’ll hear the latest on what’s ahead for MI-SinC in 2018 and have the opportunity to participate in brainstorming its future and volunteering for roles in its development.

The brief meeting will be followed by a panel discussion where authors from every side of publishing, from national best sellers to successful indies, will discuss their experiences and answer questions.

Following the panel will be a fun social activity–Cafe Conversations, where various topics will be discussed for ten minutes among those seated at one of four tables. At the end of that time, you will move to a different table for a different discussion. Details will be provided at the session.

To wrap up the day, there will be refreshments and informal discussions–a great opportunity for you to meet other MI-SinC members.

NOTE: This is a members-only event. Registration begins at 12:30


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-open-the-doors-tickets-42461741211

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Poetry at the Farmhouse via Detroit Writers Guild Feb22nd #motownwriters #michlit

Poetry at the Farmhouse 

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Posted: 2018-01-27

 

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Kick Open the Doors! by Michigan Sisters in Crime (@Mi_SinC) #michlit #motownwriters #authors #michigan #writers

We’ve had a tremendous response to our February 24 members-only event, but have room for more.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, February 24, 2018

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Add to Calendar

LOCATION

Clubhouse at Country Club Village

39554 Dun Rovin Drive

Northville, MI 48168

View Map

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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-open-the-doors-tickets-42461741211 

Kick Open the Doors at our first all-members board meeting, where you’ll hear the latest on what’s ahead for MI-SinC in 2018 and have the opportunity to participate in brainstorming its future and volunteering for roles in its development.

The brief meeting will be followed by a panel discussion where authors from every side of publishing, from national best sellers to successful indies, will discuss their experiences and answer questions.

Following the panel will be a fun social activity–Cafe Conversations, where various topics will be discussed for ten minutes among those seated at one of four tables. At the end of that time, you will move to a different table for a different discussion. Details will be provided at the session.

To wrap up the day, there will be refreshments and informal discussions–a great opportunity for you to meet other MI-SinC members.

NOTE: This is a members-only event. Registration begins at 12:30


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kick-open-the-doors-tickets-42461741211

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#Motownwriters: Independent Bookstores in #Michigan

I just found a great resource for independent bookstores in Michigan and I couldn’t be more excited.

You know in my quest to be all things Michigan, this is a valuable find.

https://www.newpages.com/independent-bookstores/michigan-bookstores

They also have a list of all Independent bookstores in the United States as well.

https://www.newpages.com/independent-bookstores

You’re welcome!

To see more resources in The Detroit Literary Network, click here

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#MotownWriters: Upcoming Book Events In #Michigan and Midwest Area for 2018

2018 Book Events in Michigan and Midwest. If there are events I’m missing, please  

 

Detroit, MI: Detroit Book City African-American Family Book Expo 2018
Date: February 25
Website: http://www.detroitbookcity.com

Akron Family Reading Festival
Feb 2018 Dates Unconfirmed | Akron, OH
http://www.downtownakron.com/go/akron-summit-county-public-library

Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival
Feb 2018 Dates Unconfirmed | Kalamazoo, MI
http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

Book It
March 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Chicago, Illinois

4th annual A Weekend with the Authors
March 16–18, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA
for readers, not romance specific

Michigan Reading Association Annual Conference
March 17-19, 2018 | Detroit, MI
Website: https://michiganreading.org/conferences

biennial Spring Fling Writers’ Conference
April 20–21, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA
for romance writers

University Spring Literary Festival
April 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Athens, Ohio

Chelsea, MI: Midwest Literary Walk
Date: April 28
Website: http://midwestliterarywalk.org/

Dayton, OH: Dayton Book Expo
Date: April 28
Website: http://www.daytonbookexpo.com/

7th annual Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Weekend
April 27–29, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA
for romance readers

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 to Sunday, May 6, 2018 – Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Printers Row Lit Fest
June 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Chicago, Illinois

14th annual Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together (RAGT)
June 7–9, 2018; West Chester, OH, USA
for romance readers

23rd annual Romance Slam Jam
June 14–16, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA
for romance readers & writers

2nd annual Detroit Festival of Books!
July 15, 2018 | Detroit, Eastern Market
Website: http://detroitbookfest.com

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair
July 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Chicago, Illinois

Once Upon a Book
August 10, 2018 | Frankenmuth, Michigan
Website: www.onceuponabookauthorsigning.com

Toronto Urban Book Expo
August 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Toronto, Canada

Kerrytown BookFest
September 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Ann Arbor, Michigan

5th annual Penned Con
September 20–22, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA
for readers & writers, not romance specific

annual American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference
September 20–23, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA
for inspirational writers, not romance specific 

5th annual Indie Romance Convention (IRC)
October 2018 – Dates to be Announced; Lebanon, TN, USA
for romance readers & writers

Twin Cities Book Festival
October 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Books by the Banks
October 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Cincinnati, Ohio

International Festival of Authors
October 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Toronto, Canada

Vancouver Writers Fest
October 2018 – Dates to be Announced – Vancouver, Canada

 

The Great Midwest Book Festival
November 2018 TBD | Chicago
Website: http://www.greatmidwestbookfestival.com

 

If there are events I’m missing, please  

 

 

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#MotownWriters Feature: Denise Bryson @OneBlackRoseDJB, Author of In The Footsteps of A Killer #Detroit #Suspense

Where are you from? Born, raised and still live in Detroit Michigan, pretty sure I’m not gonna leave.

Tell us your latest news? I am signed with a new up and coming publishing company called Artistic Words Publishing. It’s exciting to get in at the beginning of something new.

When and why did you begin writing? I started in the fourth grade it was a class assignment.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I finished my first book, Dark Reflections in 2011. It’s self-published but I’m most excited for my newest release In The Footsteps Of A Killer by Artistic Words Publishing.

What inspired you to write your first book? I used to have trouble sleeping at night. So I would sort of telling myself a bedtime story until I got sleepy. I would always pick up wherever I left off the night before. Eventually, I was sleeping with no problem. The story would come as a dream. It didn’t come every night but when it did it would pick up wherever it left off before. Until one night all I saw were white lines moving like movie credits and I woke up and thought…maybe I need to write that down. I also dreamed most of In The Footsteps of A Killer. I dreamed the beginning, some of the middle and for sure I dreamed the end.


Do you have a specific writing style? I like to write horror but I can write romance as well.

How did you come up with the title? I dream some of them and others I lose myself in what I want to say about the story and the title usually pops up.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I didn’t start out with a message but I grew to want my horror to scare but to remind people that God is present even in the midst of horror and to look to Him for help and salvation. He comes through. At the end of “Footsteps”, you see some Devine movement and I think that was something that AWP Artistic Words Publishing saw and liked.

How much of the book is realistic? It depends on if it’s my horror or romance (yet to be released) but in the horror, the possibility of reality is more real than the reality itself.

Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life? Parts are again depending on what I’m writing. There is a little of me in each story or someone I know and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? Robert R Mccammon and his book Swan Song. It’s more apocalyptic but I remember being mesmerized by it.  Then there was anything written by Stephen King, John Saul, and Dean Knootz.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Stephen King by far is the master of terror.

What book are you reading now? At the moment I’m more focused on promotion but I have several waiting on my kindle for pc so as soon as I slow down I’m grabbing one.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? There are so many I am finding through Facebook and social media. I am amazed at all the talented people writing. But no one comes to mind.

What are your current projects? I am working on a sequel to In The Footsteps Of A Killer. It’s called Through The Eyes Of A Killer.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. A lot of my Flight Attendant friends (before my current airline) who would answer passenger call lights while I sat on my jump seat and wrote. And of course Artistic Words Publishing…they saw my work, believed and took that chance and I’m not about to let them down.

Do you see writing as a career? For sure. I want to write until the well runs dry then look for new ideas to write about and yes quit my job and get paid to do it…lol.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe I would tone down some of the killings. But what else does a serial killer do…he hunts the innocent.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Well, when I wrote my class assignment in the 4th grade I wanted to write then. My teacher didn’t give me a good grade so I never wanted to write again. It would be another twenty years before I would even try.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My sequel finds my heroine once again up against dark forces, now she and her unborn child are in danger.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Making the insane and crazy seem possible. In horror, a lot of what happens is not always based in reality. Again the reality of making it seem real.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King because he can take reality and bend it, twist it so that your mind begins to believe that it is possible for a girl with hidden powers to kill half the high school. Carrie. Or a dog Cujo can be bitten by a bat and turn into a vicious killer…poor puppy.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’m a flight attendant I get all the traveling I need. Lol…but I would if I had to and I do a lot of research on the computer. Yeah, computers.

Who designed the covers? For In The Footsteps Of A Killer my publisher Carla Dean at Artistic Words Publishing used someone that they deal with.  And if I say so myself this book cover rocks!

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part for me was writing the killings. It is unfortunate that in our society women are by far the first and most times easiest targets. And for the most part, the serial killer is almost always a man. Is it wrong? Yes. Does it make for good fiction? Maybe.  I can only write what comes to me and in this case, this is what came to me and I had to write it to be true to my new found passion.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned that writing is a hard task master that you will love. Ideas come to me in dreams and in everyday circumstances. They force me to get up and write. Ideas come sometimes at the most inappropriate times and places and force me to seek out something to write on. I usually have a pen and I have started carrying a pad of paper so I am not forced to write on napkins or toilet paper.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Write. Write when your happy write when you’re sad. Write when you don’t feel like it writes when you have nothing to say. Get it on paper you never know what will come out and where you can use it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Writing for me has been a journey. It has made me make decisions like should I go out and party or stay in a get a few chapters done. Writing almost always wins out. You do have to make time to refresh, relax and have a little fun. That helps free your mind to the next set of book ideas. I enjoy the fear factor of writing horror because my mom was a horror nut. She and I would read, then discuss, then go watch something spooky on TV. She always loved a good scare. And I’m not talking about blood and gore, just for the sake of blood and gore but the kind that made your mind bend. Old school horror up to the horror of Final Destination. Yeah, there was a lot of blood ( in Final Destination) but the idea that it was all somehow what Death wanted to turn it into something different for her. She set my feet on the path of horror and I will always be grateful to her. And I will continue to write in memory and honor of her.

  1. In the email with the questions, please send the following information:

AWP PRESENTS… IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A KILLER BY Denise J Bryson

EXCERPT…

Albert waited for the squealing and squeaking from the bedroom to stop. Then he waited for two hours more before creeping up the stairs. Slowly, he opened the door. He held his breath waiting to see if they had heard him enter or not. No sound and no one stirred. So, he walked into the room. They slept deep with the help of sex and alcohol. Both of which he could smell; it was an ugly smell, harsh and pungent. It made his stomach turn, and for a moment, he thought he might throw up. He swallowed hard and continued further inside the room.

On the table next to their bed lay his father’s cigarettes and on the floor sat the half empty bottle of booze. He picked it up and examined it. Why on earth do grown-ups drink this stuff? He sniffed the contents and wrinkled his nose. It stank. He timidly turned the bottle up to his lips, spilling its dark contents into his mouth. He only took in a little, but it was enough to make him gag and spit it on the floor. He almost ran because his gagging sounds caused his mother to move in her sleep, but she was only turning over. He knew he had to do it and do it now or he would never have the nerve again. He took the bottle and quietly poured its contents on the floor. Next, he reached over his naked parents and poured it on the bed between them. The sight of them in their all-in-all made his stomach turn again. They stirred but didn’t wake up. Then Albert Cain Macarthur took his dad’s cigarette, put it to his lips, exhaled, struck a match, and inhaled slowly. It was the second most awful taste he had ever tasted, second only to the Scotch. Nonetheless, the cigarette end glowed as he held in the coughs that were welling up in his chest.

He placed the lit murder weapon in the bed next to his father’s hand. The bed soaked with the liquor caught fire immediately. Taking the remaining liquor, he poured it on his parents. An insane smile crept across his face. It was the same smile that would follow him into his adulthood. He smiled as he watched first his father and then his mother catch fire. Their drunken, feeble attempts to wake up and save themselves proved futile. The alcohol they had consumed and the smoke from the flames overwhelmed them, and neither could escape their fate. He stood in the doorway smiling and watching. Their screams were deafening, as they quickly understood what was happening to them. He didn’t care; he was about to be free.

“Boy!” his father screamed while flailing about in an attempt to put out the flames and stumbling back onto the bed. “Help us, boy! Go git some help!”

Albert startled but didn’t move. His mother began laughing the laugh of the damned. She could barely move as the smoke started to overtake her. In so much pain from the flames, she barely seemed to notice.

“That boy is trying to kill us, Al.” Catherine tried to sit up but couldn’t. Her arms were beginning to burn. “He’s killing us, Al.”

In a last ditch effort to save herself, she rolled off the bed and hit the floor with a thud. With that, the room became an inferno of smoke and fire.

Albert Cain Macarthur didn’t know how he had known it, but he knew that day would be the last day he would wake up from one of his mother’s beatings. It would be the last day anyone ever called him Al. He hated that name. No more. That day she would die. That day they both would die. Albert Sr. was just as guilty for not stopping Catherine during her many tirades and abuse. Little Al had carried out the unspeakable and killed his parents.

He watched, and then suddenly, he heard the shrill sound of sirens from the approaching fire trucks. By that time, the room was in a full blaze. He had to think. He needed to look like a victim, too. He ran back into the bedroom and over toward the window. No one would ever call him Al again.

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Event: Blue Water Author Event June 24th! Port Huron Convention Ctr! 60 #MichLit Authors! $2tix @ door! #MotownWriters

 https://www.bluewaterauthorevent.com

The 2017 Blue Water Author Event is being hosted by Breigh Forstner in downtown Port Huron right along the St. Clair River, directly under the Blue Water bridge. With over 60+ authors including some locally known and some from out of state, we expect to see a great turn out with many different genres of books!

 

Author, Sylvia Hubbard, Founder of Motown Writers Network, will be there with Tanner’s Devil and some special swag for all her readers who bring paperback books for her to sign, buy a book or show her you have any of her paid books downloaded to your account.

(Just show your e-reader with Tanner’s Devil on it!)

Swag will include a personalized pen and journal, a special readers button, a special story and more!

 

 

https://www.bluewaterauthorevent.com

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A Book Review: “N” (The Compass Series) by Stephen Santos

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I never ask for more than I deserve/You know it’s the truth/You seem to think you’re God’s gift to this earth/I’m tellin’ you, no way.

-Janet Jackson, What Have You Done For Me Lately

     There are two ways to think about Stephen Santos and his new novel, N: The Compass Series, and the differences of how we interpret a failed marriage between two people whose worldview is inharmoniously synched with spirituality, practicality and conventional wisdoms that always seem to betray even the most decent of amorous intentions.

     Joshua and Bridget are married, and Bridget wants (and is eventually granted) a divorce from her husband. She moves with her children into a new marriage which she feels will provide her with a better sense of emotional and financial security.  Joshua is understandly devastated, torn with anguish, and is forced to accept the way his wife feels, and he thus spends the remainder of the book laying the bulk of his problems at the winged feet of his wife (whose voice in the matter seems controlled, choked and regulated, but more on this later). At times, Joshua seems delusional and romantic about marriage and women. He seems ironic and contradictory, believes he knows what Bridget wants, yet he is unable to hear her for sake of his own veiled conceit:

We were young, and she had so much life in her. I loved her with all of my heart, but I didn’t have concrete plans as to where I was headed in life. She, on the other hand, had a plan, a purpose and a desire to be free from uncertainty about things. She kept dragging her feet when I would ask her about our future. She knew that I couldn’t change, and that she would have to be the one to. That sounds bad. It’s not that I didn’t want to change for her, it’s just that I had discovered what everyone really wants (63-64).

     But Bridget did seem to know what she wanted in life and marriage, if only Joshua had listened. The novel is full of these moments, Joshua is steady with his blame-game, and Bridget struggles to find happiness and a sense of marital fulfillment. All is difficult mostly because Joshua cannot bring himself to think in practical terms regarding the breakdown of his marriage, the problem of arrogance, and the limitations of spiritual/religious panaceas. He spends too much time ministering to us (in first-person), undervaluing his wife, and, fatalistically, seeing the world through romantic lenses.

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Sing your praises, hold your hand/Tell the world that I think you’re grand/I’ll do any, thing for you, (he-he) but slave.

-Ray Charles, I’ll do Anything But Work

Much masculinity, particularly when it is aggressive and overbearing and hostile and unrelenting, is really a mask for the innate puerile frailty most men suffer. This is why it is so important to repress oppress suppress and  control women. This is why it is difficult for men to listen to women, husbands their wives. It is difficult for a man to respect a woman’s independence and self-assurance, but particularly her right to control her body mind and soul.  And religion undergirds this male persistence simply by way of its own support and confirmation of female subjugation (Ayaan Hirsi Ali is still on the run last I heard). Throughout the novel, Joshua never accepts responsibility for his failed marriage, only insisting that Bridget has fallen from (his) grace like in a biblical scene, thus it is his righteous duty to rescue and rehabilitate her. Her dreams and ambitions (which he has taken for granted and/or is unable to bear) is never really the focus of Joshua’s concern, just that he must save her from herself. More of Joshua’s sermonic hubris:

I refused to worry about things, and I was ok with the ways that life changes direction. She figured she needed to control her life so that nothing was left in the air. I know why she did this, but I knew she would always be nagged by the fears of her childhood unless she followed me. She knew deep down her desire was to live with me, but she kept wondering how she would function in reality? She used to always tell me she thought I lived on a cloud somewhere, and she was trying to make things work down here in the real world (64)

     “Why did she have to do this? Why now? Why ever? For comfort. That’s her reason. So that she could feel more comfortable, that’s what it boils down to. She was tired of being a journey. Well, did she really think that life was supposed to be easy?” (23) Ironically, the answers to Joshua’s questions – which he cannot see because of his evangelical preoccupation with all that is wrong with Bridget – is revealed in the futile soliloquies where he finds himself suffocated by his own romanticism.

     In a scene that is quite revealing, Joshua asks Bridget pointedly if he is the reason to blame for her leaving the marriage. Bridget says yes. “If you  would’ve just provided a safe place for us, a place where I didn’t have to worry about the things I was worried about, then I wouldn’t have felt like I needed to go look for it elsewhere” (44). Bridget is redolent with reason, trying desperately to lift her voice above Joshua’s impassioned sentimentality, hoping he will see the importance of financial and emotional security a woman needs and desires from a husband. She tries to explain what is practical in a marriage and what security means for her: “Josh, you know just as well as I do that whether you worry or not, there are still bills that need to be paid, people who get sick and things that were outside of our financial reach” (44). Again, Joshua misses his chance to learn something about women and how they view marriage. Here he cloaks his personal inadequacy in ignorant romanticism: “Yeah, but life is more than just paying bills. It’s more than just paying bills. It’s more than a feeling of safety” (44).

     In his great novel, Baldwin wrote: “We all commit our crimes. The thing is to not lie

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Stephen Santos

about them – to try to understand what you have done, why you have done it. That way, you can begin to forgive yourself. That’s very important. If you don’t forgive yourself you’ll never be able to forgive anybody else and you’ll go on committing the same crimes forever” (79, Another Country).   Joshua’s burden is that he cannot forgive himself for his inadequacy as a provider. He cannot forgive Bridget (in the real sense) because forgiving her would place a deeper burden of confrontation: to excavate hidden pain; to look at the man in the mirror, to challenge all that he has come to know about life, love, and about people. Perhaps this is partly the inextricable burden Santos, too, confronts inasmuch as why he avoids the subcutaneous questions pervading the entire novel:  Why is Bridget’s character so condensed, paralytic, voiceless, and solely dependent on Joshua’s holy mercy and righteous wisdom?

 

     The biblical meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The American meaning of the name Joshua is “a savior; a deliverer.” The Hebrew meaning of the name Joshua is “Jehovah is generous. Jehovah saves. In the Old Testament, Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites for their journey to the Promised Land” (http://bit.ly/2h2Po4r). So perhaps that is Joshua’s real problem: He thinks his job is to save Bridget. He thinks he is on a righteous crusade of biblical importance, to rescue the fallen woman, the harlot, from imminent self-destruction and eternal doom – this, he believes, is his sacred calling. He ministers when he should seek counseling; he analyzes when he should accept; He proselytizes when he should be silent.

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