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What happens when everything you thought was true changes all at once? What happens when each relationship that means anything to you suddenly becomes far more real than you ever thought it would be? What happens when every moment becomes invaluable as all of them pass far too quickly?

Flash and Dazzle is the story of two friends who have known the best of times who develop a true taste for life during the worst of times. It is the story of the friends and lovers who enter their...

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Overview

What happens when everything you thought was true changes all at once? What happens when each relationship that means anything to you suddenly becomes far more real than you ever thought it would be? What happens when every moment becomes invaluable as all of them pass far too quickly?

Flash and Dazzle is the story of two friends who have known the best of times who develop a true taste for life during the worst of times. It is the story of the friends and lovers who enter their orbit, some for a long time and some only for a moment. It is the story of legacies, burdens, and the kinds of secrets that are only revealed when there’s nothing left to tell.

It is a funny, moving, deeply honest novel that will inspire you to call everyone you care about and thank everyone you know for what they’ve given you.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Lou Aronica is a master storyteller and reaches right in and touches one’s heart with the humanness of his characters. He stirs emotions and senses that bring tears and laughter….
Flash and Dazzle is a poignant story that lingers in the memory.”
– Long and Short Reviews

“A dynamic contemporary novel that readers will for sure find fully engaging and worthwhile reading. Lou Aronica is a talented writer who uses subtlety rather than explicit description to depict the normalcy, quirkiness and fluctuations of honest characters. Terrific writing and reading!”
– Crystal Book Reviews

“Lou Aronica masterfully crafted this emotional story. The characters Rich Flaster and Eric Dazman are so real, the reader will feel like they are part of the duo’s close knit friends.”
– Literarily Illumined

“Remarkable story about friendship and love…. This is a creatively insightful window not only into the modern world of advertising, but into the very essence of what it means for a young man in the Millennium generation to be best friends with another.”
– Author Exposure

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611880694
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Aronica

Lou Aronica is the author of the USA Today bestseller THE FOREVER YEAR and the national bestseller BLUE. He also collaborated on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller THE ELEMENT and the national bestseller THE CULTURE CODE.

Aronica is a long-term book publishing veteran. He is President and Publisher of the independent publishing house The Story Plant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Character introduction and development were done very well in th

    Character introduction and development were done very well in this book.  Lou Aronica has a gift for drawing you into relationships to see how they work and progress.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Lou Aronica has

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    Lou Aronica has laid bare the human soul in Flash and Dazzle. Rich Flaster and Eric Dazman became best friends and roommates when attending college in Michigan. They thought they knew one another's every thought, feeling, and movement. They worked and played together and then, in an instant, they threatened to become strangers. "Flash" Flaster receives interest from a top-notch advertising firm at a time when "Daz" Dazman is faced with a life-altering event. The friends each thought they had become strangers until they began to know one another as they truly are, rather than as the images they had maintained for years.

    The characters in Flash and Dazzle are so real they nearly beg to be heard. The reader will know them as someone in their own past or present. Flash develops courage he never thought possible while Daz searches his own demons in order to accept what is painfully at hand. It is a rare find that two male friends would be explored to such depths but Lou Aronica pulls it off and more. The story is not maudlin and yet it deals with life and death. The story is not judgmental and yet it forces change and personal exploration. I found myself wondering if I would have the same depth of commitment to a friend in similar circumstances - not to mention the courage essential to staying the course. There are tissues to be drenched and lessons to be learned within the confines of the pages, the words, and the thoughts.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

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    Flash and Dazzle are two guys lucky enough to find each other no

    Flash and Dazzle are two guys lucky enough to find each other not only as great colleagues but who also become best friends or soul mates who supposedly know each other’s thoughts before they are thought and who bring out the best in each other.  Their friendship is uniquely remarkable, but their future is about to become even more so in the most unexpected way possible.  Flash is a copywriter and Dazzle is an art director in a small but well-known ad agency.  Reading about how they bounce ideas off each other until they come up with brilliant ad campaigns is fascinating stuff and even humorous because of their antics and light style with it all.  They are no lightweights in the industry, however; and Flash is very, very surprised when another opportunity arises for him to work elsewhere, without Daz, his best buddy.  
    Flash will be wined and dined, interviewed, cosseted with a perky weekend trip set to woo him but with one unexpected caveat that stuns him.  That won’t be the ultimate stunner, however, as he doesn’t realize that the recent brief illnesses of Daz are much more serious, in fact devastating.
    It’s after discovering Daz’s problem that the real sharing about life and life’s changes suddenly become devastatingly real and poignant beyond words.  In the process he meets Daz’s sister and the three discuss numerous serious and hilarious memories that forged their personalities into the capable and admirable people they have become. 
    Secrets and fantasies fill the mix as the three friends work their way through exotic meals, movies and music while awaiting the ultimate challenge of change.  There are potent moments that are depicted in a very real way without being maudlin or exaggerated.  A deep respect for the vivaciousness of life fills every page and the prospect of change heightens each moment’s precious value.
    Flash and Dazzle, like so many of Lou Aronica’s other novels, is a dynamic contemporary novel that readers will for sure find fully engaging and worthwhile reading.  Lou Aronica is a talented writer who uses subtlety rather than explicit description to depict the normalcy, quirkiness and fluctuations of honest characters.  Terrific writing and reading!

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