by Gerald Schoenewolf
"This book mesmerized me from the second page on, when Pete, the dreamer-protagonist, sets eyes on a 19-year-old cheerleader and she gives him a smile. Be warned: this is no ordinary novel. From the moment he first encounters the beautiful Asian cheerleader, Pete's life turns upside down, and he begins to fantasize about her. Pete goes back and forth from his fantasy life about "Jenny," to his real life with his wife, Ja Lin. There are two gorgeous stream-of-consciousness erotic fantasies that blew me away. These were not graphic sex fantasies, but the cosmic musings of an enthralled, creative, unbound mind during the act of sex. The book also has a lovely flashback to Pete's first love, an eight-year-old girl named Daisy, whose precocious sexuality left him haunted for the rest of his life. I started this book thinking it was just going to be a cute story of an older man's infatuation with a cheerleader, but it was so much more than that. It turned out to be one of the most original novels I've ever read, one that honestly conveys the inner workings of a man's mind and takes the reader on moving, funny, roller-coaster ride. The author, who is a psychoanalyst, really gives you an in-depth psychological portrait of the human condition."
--Edith Codrington in Goodreads
"I did find myself mainly caught up in the story of the book because it really is well written. The lead’s voice is strong, and the book overall is remarkably engaging, especially
considering the fact that it’s entirely placed within one man’s mind, with no “real-life” events going on for the most part. Pete – So much more so than in an average book, our
lead here carries most of the plot - and he carries it well. To put it simply, the entire story is based within Pete’s mind and we’re simply following along his cycle of thought. This could
potentially be boring, but his character is written in such a way that makes it remarkably engaging; at some times, readers feel empathetic, dejected, hopeless with him; at others,
we feel judgmental and concerned at his actions. Every time he seems to be making an improvement and focusing more on Ja-Lin/his Lao Zi principles, we’re brought along the
rollercoaster of his spirals out of control. The dream-like stream of consciousness chapters bring us in even closer to his psyche, and I was especially impressed by the chapter
detailing his relationship with Daisy in his youth. It truly made me empathize with Pete and it was so nostalgic yet full of sorrow."
Poems from the Heart
Collected Words of Truth and Beauty
Holding On and Letting Go: Poems and Drawings
"Let me start off by saying I love poetry, I’ve taken my share of poetry classes in college and it’s always been one of my biggest weaknesses. Anywhere from Shakespeare