A Lovely, Indecent Departure: A Novel by Steven Lee Gilbert
Look, here comes the girl. She is treading alone up the sidewalk. Looking like everyone else of the noontime crowd blissfully strolling the strip mall. But she is not one of them, and never has been.
- p. 3, A Lovely, Indecent Departure
My boy, Giovanni interjected switching to English, you are in Florence! You must act it! He looked at Anna and pointed at the poster. You know of this? he asked. La Festa Della Rificolona?
p. 56, A Lovely, Indecent Departure
Synopsis: A Lovely, Indecent Departure is the riveting and emotionally-charged debut from a promising new voice in literary thrillers, and a captivating story of a mother's love and desperation set amidst the heart wrenching landscape of child custody. Anna Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him. When a district court awards custody of Oliver to his father, she abducts the five year old and flees to Italy where with her family's help they disappear into the fabric of her native homeland.
Told in prose that is both stripped-down and overpowering, Gilbert shapes the everyday conflict of child custody into a stunning search for sense of worth. Standing in the young woman's way is Evan Meade, the boy's guileful and mean-spirited father, who hires a private investigator when the efforts of the embattled local sheriff, Monroe Rossi, fail to track them down. But as the investigation draws them all closer to Anna, Evan's true nature betrays itself and the question of what's in the child's best interest becomes not so clear anymore.
I'm in the middle of A Lovely, Indecent Departure and loving it so far. I've been in touch with the author, Steven Lee Gilbert, and I'll be hosting his guest post tomorrow. He is also giving away two copies (e-book and paper copy) starting tomorrow! So don't forget to come back and enter!Objectively detailed, in a voice that refuses to intrude on the minds of its characters, A Lovely, Indecent Departure, captures in stark detail a world in which modern archetypes are turned upside down and shows what an extraordinary splash Steven Lee Gilbert has made with his first novel.
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