Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

by J. C. Watson
     
 
Mimi Malone, forty, first grade teacher and jewelry designer - wife or a widow? 1995, St. Charles, Illinois, and Harold has been missing for two years. Jack McClosky, aging detective, tries his hand in the search and learns her secret sorrow. Mimi's three friends, Jan, Mary Beth, Link, lend support, but their own struggles distract them.

Family - Alice,

Overview

Mimi Malone, forty, first grade teacher and jewelry designer - wife or a widow? 1995, St. Charles, Illinois, and Harold has been missing for two years. Jack McClosky, aging detective, tries his hand in the search and learns her secret sorrow. Mimi's three friends, Jan, Mary Beth, Link, lend support, but their own struggles distract them.

Family - Alice, Grandma Tinker, not Mimi's grandmother by blood, Edie, Pops, Mimi's Car Washing brothers, Mickey and Teddy, gift Mimi with their dreams, wisdom, biases, irritation, and affection. And sometimes with hard cash.

And then there's the Jewish priest, her counselor and confidant.

When Mimi places the search in her own hands and travels across the country to Downieville, Idaho, she meets along the way, Henri, the friendly French waiter, red haired Suzy, a clairvoyant owner of a diner, picture possessing Melva and Ida, sisters and innkeepers of The Honey Bears Bed and Breakfast, and huge Hank, the bartender at the Cattle Drive. All have their own stories and all lend pieces to the puzzle of Mimi's life.

After returning to St. Charles, she meets Stephan-the-night-boy, a precocious nine year old and budding artist. God taketh away, but he also giveth. Mimi's life changes, but not the way she planned.

Is she wife or widow? Is she the woman in her painting, the ravaged runner? Mimi, it seems, is the real missing person. It is herself she must find in the end.

Editorial Reviews

James Spencer
"With poetic cadence and a beam of bright light, JC Watson weaves this tale of losing and finding filled with characters that spring to life on the page. In this quest where the destination is unknown and the outcome is unpredictable, the intrepid Mimi Malone follows "clues" that approach magic realism in their content. But this is a real story written from where we all live.....in the grit, confusion, and passion of the struggle to find the purpose of our lives. Watson’s genius ear for dialogue further enriches this complex, unforgettable novel."
THE PILOTS - Putnam 2003, Berkley Books 2004
Michael J. Vaughn
"JC Watson pits her heroine, Mimi Malone, against some deadly serious obstacles: a missing husband, a wayward priest, a circle of friends that’s falling apart at the seams. But never once does the author lose her wicked sense of the humor, or fail to season her prose with startling flashes of poetry. In an era of literary novels peopled by overearnest automatons, Current Wisdom is a welcome and wise antidote."
author of Frosted Glass

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885093431
Publisher:
Hadrosaur Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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