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Love Palace, A Novel
     

Love Palace, A Novel

by Meredith Sue Willis
 

"Love Palace made me realize that a good novel opens like life—with innumerable paths spread out before you....and the reader is eager to follow Martha's." —Rebecca Kavaler, award winning author of the Further Adventures of Brunhild, Tigers in the Wood, and Next of Kin.

The narrator of Meredith Sue Willis's engaging new novel has just turned forty

Overview

"Love Palace made me realize that a good novel opens like life—with innumerable paths spread out before you....and the reader is eager to follow Martha's." —Rebecca Kavaler, award winning author of the Further Adventures of Brunhild, Tigers in the Wood, and Next of Kin.

The narrator of Meredith Sue Willis's engaging new novel has just turned forty, quit her job, been jilted by her live-in boyfriend and suspended by her therapist for nonpayment. Martha plunges into a personal meltdown the way some people plunge into a bag of doughnuts. Against her better judgment, she takes a job at a settlement house known as “Love Palace” in a run-down community that is about to be razed for urban renewal.

There Martha discovers that she has a talent for managing the dysfunctional institution and its staff of young runaways. She is attracted by the charismatic reverend who oversees Love Palace as well as by Robby, one of the staff members, who is rich, handsome, recently released from a hospital after a suicide attempt, and intensely ambivalent about his sexuality.

Along with the Love Palace crew of runaways, derelicts, struggling blue collar workers, a former Black Panther, and many others, Martha has to deal with her ex-hillbilly mother, who favors shoulder pads and big hair; her sister the big-shot lawyer; and her dying Jewish grandmother.

At first Martha views Love Palace as a kind of theater arranged for her personal amusement, but she finds herself increasingly concerned about the people and the neighborhood. Then she discovers that someone is stealing money, and that there are perhaps other betrayals underway as well.

There is a wedding in the middle and a funeral at the end.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045675925
Publisher:
Foreverland Press
Publication date:
01/17/2014
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
310 KB

Meet the Author

Meredith Sue Willis grew up in West Virginia and attended Bucknell University for two years then spent a year as a Volunteer in Service to America. She took degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University in New York City. Her fiction has been published by Charles Scribner's Sons, HarperCollins, West Virginia University Press, Mercury House, Ohio University Press and other presses. Her book of literary short stories, In the Mountains of America, was praised in the New York Times Book Review as an "important lesson on the nature and function of literature itself." Her latest books are two collections of short stories, Out of the Mountains from Ohio University Press and Re-Visions from Hamilton Stone Editions, and a book about writing from Montemayor Press called Ten Strategies to Write a Novel. She now lives in New Jersey, a short train ride from New York City, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Meredith is an occasional visiting writer-in-the-schools in New York and New Jersey, keeps a four season organic garden, and is active in local racial integration politics. To learn more about her and her books, see her web page at www.meredithsuewillis.com.

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