‘The Underside of Joy’: not chick lit, but real lit

The Underside of JoyThe Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This delightful story is not chick-lit; it’s real lit, as in literary; one of the most well-written books I’ve read in recent years. If this very human story doesn’t leave your eyes as misty as the redwood forests of Northern California where it’s set, then you have no heart. And this is coming from a cynical guy. And this is coming from a cynical guy.

Rather than pander to the “housewives” mentality of mass-market pulp, The Underside of Joy mines the rich depths of the human psyche, character, and emotions as a woman deals with death and the need to continue living for the sake of “her” children.

I especially like the inclusion of the Italian immigrants and their fate during WWII.

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About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- www.larryedwards.com -- www.dareicallitmurder.com -- www.wigeonpublishing.com
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