January's Paradigm

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January's Paradigm is a novel about marital infidelity from the male perspective with an unexpected twist of events and characters who cross lines of identity, space, and time.
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Overview

January's Paradigm is a novel about marital infidelity from the male perspective with an unexpected twist of events and characters who cross lines of identity, space, and time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588987440
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/6/2002
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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J. Conrad Guest is the author of January's Paradigm, a novel about coming to terms with marital infidelity, from the male perspective. He recently completed One Hot January and has commenced work on the third book in the January series. Guest lives in Northville, Michigan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Love to Hate - A Controversial Mirror of Shadows and Light

    I hate this man, Joe January. Hate him. Even as my respect for him grows, possibly even¿ a begrudging sort of affection. Who knows? Maybe someday we will see eye to eye and I will be able to say ¿ January, you¿re a helluva man, and I¿m enriched to know you. <p> This is precisely what makes <I>January¿s Paradigm</i> such a remarkable book. I have read it once, twice, and will read it yet again. January and I have an ongoing relationship, and that¿s how alive, how real, how tantalizingly, aggravatingly vivid his author has made him.<p> J. Conrad Guest has created a kind of anti-hero, a Bogey sort of tough guy, a man¿s man who I suspect, deep in his isolated, walled-in heart, would very much like to be understood, appreciated, and¿ oh shivers, but yes, loved. His motto in life is to move through it unscathed by petty emotion. His relationships are not relationships at all ¿ they are brief physical encounters. He cheats on the one woman who matters most in his life, and that is unforgiveable. <p> Or is it? <p> Because here is the intrigue of the book, here is Guest¿s sheer mastery of the art: he has created a character who transcends boundaries of reality and fiction, who pops through the shell of the author¿s skull and speaks to him, speaks from inside of him, and one man transforms the other and is then transformed himself in the process. He is the strength of a man as well as his most despicable weakness. He is the muscle as well as the whimper. He is the beacon in the storm as much as he is the shadow every man winces to find in himself if he is a man at all. If nothing else, January has courage. The kind of courage necessary to face his own weakness, his own shadow, his inner beast. He has the courage to recognize his cowardice in seeking only the most shallow of encounters with the parade of women in his life. How many men can do so? For all his fist-fighting, damsel-rescuing, tough-talking bravado¿ this is January¿s true gold. He can look in the mirror, and he is willing to see. <p> Infidelity is a wound inflicted on so many of our relationships, yet it scarcely draws the attention of anyone, save those involved. So many marriages split at the seams, so many families are broken, so many lies told, so many temptations succumbed to for so little, if any, reward. But have we the courage to understand why? Have we the courage of Joe January? <p> Society has taken a microscope to the suffering of women caused by infidelity. Women, after all, are the warm-hearted sex that speaks freely of emotional pain, and sheds tears in public forums. Women¿s emotions are socially acceptable. Men, on the other hand, are encouraged from boyhood to be tough and thick-skinned and to hide their softer emotions. Joe January is very much a man society has created. If he is a man closed off from emotional intimacy, from the ability to love, have we the courage to acknowledge that we have required him to be this way? That we have made this sort of man our hero? While whining about the lack of sensitive men, have we indulged in doubletalk, still stubbornly giving the nod of respect to the man who is mean and hard and difficult to pin down? Have we encouraged the warm-hearted man to wear his heart on his sleeve, while secretly still pining for the bad boy? <p> J. Conrad Guest has written a novel that reveals this conflicting message society sends to its men. He has created in <I>January¿s Paradigm</i> a hero who struggles with his emotional barriers. He writes about a male perspective on infidelity. Yes, men hurt, too. <p> <I>January¿s Paradigm</i> is the first of a promised trilogy ¿ books that will, the author says, stand alone but also show a continued evolution of this intriguing character, Joe January. I am most eager to read the next one, <I>One Hot January.</i> I expect at some point I am going to be won over by this tough character. The process is well underway. <p> ¿Zinta Aistars, writer and editor for LuxEsto, Kalamazoo Coll

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