Monthly Archives: January 2016

Young Blood by Brett Wallach – Book Review

Young Blood

BY: BRETT WALLACH

Synopsis:

Don’t call me Humbert. This isn’t Lolita in the Digital Age. Loneliness, more than anything else, trapped me. I can blame the Internet, questionable judgment, and good intentions. But loneliness is the real villain in this story.

And so begins Young Blood, the third in the Phil Allman, P.I. series out of Philadelphia.

Bored and desolate, the fortyish divorced Allman begins an innocent, though questionable online dialogue with the pretty teen Marci Downes. Phil’s initial “comments” of advice plunge into something deeper, as he descends into the abyss of forbidden love, put to the test when Marci is kidnapped. Romantic, suspenseful, often funny, and certainly controversial, Young Blood is both a cautionary tale for this still new virtual world, a kind of Lolita for the 21st century, and in the end, a love story…of sorts.

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In Conversation with Neeru Iyer – Author of ‘Of Bridges Among Us’

Neeru Iyer was born in Chennai, India. Exchanging her engineering career for a life of writing, she has poetry and short fiction published/forthcoming in several national and international journals including The Adirondack Review, Kitaab, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, and The Equator Line. Of Bridges Among Us is her debut collection of short stories. When she is not writing, she spends her time being inspired by slice-of-life manga or exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and can be reached at writerneeruiyer@gmail.com.

Tell us something about yourself.

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First of all, thank you so much for having me here at My Bookshelf! I’m from Chennai, India, and I’m a writer of poetry and fiction. I studied to be an engineer, but I gave up my career without hesitation to take on a life of writing. Of Bridges Among Us is my debut work of fiction. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking and baking or huddled in a corner of the bed with a book. I live in Pittsburgh (incidentally called the City of Bridges), United States, with my husband.

The title and cover page of the book are very interesting. How did you come up with the title and cover concept?

Like most good ideas, the title came to me when I was in the shower. When I looked for a single thread connecting these 10 very dissimilar stories, all I could think of was how each story was built on some kind of a relationship, romantic, platonic, or spiritual. I explored various metaphors and thus “Of Bridges Among Us” was born. The cover idea followed when I mulled over it a bit more and built upon the title, and then it was all in the artist’s skillful hands.

Of Bridges Among Us by Neeru Iyer – Book Review

Of Bridges Among Us

BY: NEERU IYER

Synopsis:

OF BRIDGES AMONG US is a collection of ten short stories that take you to the innermost depths of human relationships. Peek into the secret lives of unique characters – from a childless professor who befriends a pregnant girl, to a recluse with a love for mangoes, each person has a unique story to tell.

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