About the Book:
"To the medical world, I was a host body, surviving only to bring a new life into the world. And while I wanted to die more than anything in the world, I never wanted this. No, I never wanted to cease to exist. This was the worst death of all.” Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is. In this poignantly crafted literary novel, the mystery unfolds and the suspense builds as the consequences of Jude’s decisions threaten to reveal everyone's deceptions, even her own. Bluff offers a sensitive look at essential questions such as the value of human life, the consciousness of those in a coma and the morality of terminating life support. At the core is the story of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed.
(Review courtesy of amazon.com)
Bluff is a book that grabs you right away. Within the first few sentences of the prelude, you already feel Jude's desperation and deep depression.
Without pause, the reader is drawn into a dismal life with the only bleak hope belonging to those gathered around Jude. Her best friend's hope that Jude is somehow still there, even in her coma state, and that the baby Jude carries will somehow be alright. The doctors' hopes that there work will be fruitful. But Jude's own hopes and dreams are at an impasse. It's clear she won't be coming out of this, and all that's left is to understand what brought her to this point.
To break things down into more technical talk:
- The characters in Bluff are realistic and gripping.
- The emotional drive behind each character is introduced in a way that's none obtrusive, yet gives the reader desperately needed insight to connect with them.
- The pacing in Bluff is dead on. There's immediate action to draw the reader in, then things even out as details fall into place. All the while there's the looming intensity of what will happen to the baby and Jude's own awareness but helplessness in her coma state.
About the author:
Lenore Skomal wants you to eat her books. Her passionate desire is to touch your heart, inspire you, and luxuriate in the world of the written word. She is an award-winning author with the single goal of resonating with others. Winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, her catalogue spans many genres. With 30 years of writing experience, 18 books published, a daily blog and weekly newspaper column, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues of the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. She has won many Society of Professional Journalist awards, the Whidbey Island Writer's Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, and most recently, the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor for “Burnt Toast.,” her first anthology of her award winning humor columns. From journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, her writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message. Connect with Lenore on her website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
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