New Coastal Times [NOOK Book]

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As Hurricane Walter, the worst hurricane ever recorded (at least so far), reshapes the overdeveloped East Central Florida coast, swallows condos up whole, and ushers in a world-wide disaster-filled era spurred by global warming, Mia Gionfreddo Fine crouches in the crumbling newsroom of the (let's face it) crummy newspaper she works for, listening to the publisher sing Broadway show tunes.

Set in the near future (maybe tomorrow), NEW COASTAL ...
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New Coastal Times

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Overview

As Hurricane Walter, the worst hurricane ever recorded (at least so far), reshapes the overdeveloped East Central Florida coast, swallows condos up whole, and ushers in a world-wide disaster-filled era spurred by global warming, Mia Gionfreddo Fine crouches in the crumbling newsroom of the (let's face it) crummy newspaper she works for, listening to the publisher sing Broadway show tunes.

Set in the near future (maybe tomorrow), NEW COASTAL TIMES is a seriocomic romp through a not-so-brave new world where religious fanatics wait for Jesus in the Okefenokee Swamp, martial law rules in the still existing cities, the government sets up free-love communes for displaced youth, and a group of intrepid travelers—including former so-so reporter Mia, her adorable dedicated doctor husband, his avuncular tenor mentor, a good-hearted baritone pimp, and the show-tune-singing publisher (an aging soprano) make their way from Florida to New York in the New Coastal TImes Performing Arts Center van. Because, when you get right down to it, there really is no place like home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452432199
  • Publisher: Inlet Point Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Donna Callea is an award-winning journalist. OK. She's never won any awards you might have heard about. We’re not talking Pulitzers here. But she did work as a reporter for a minor metropolitan newspaper for a number of years, during which time she wrote numerous stories that elicited laughter, tears, outrage, civic pride, civic shame— and won a few prizes. But not any Pulitzers.

At a pivotal point in her career, Donna decided that she would much rather write fiction than factual news stories. And since the Florida newspaper she worked for much preferred printing the latter, she embarked upon a long and lonely journey as a novelist, culminating in the publication of two well-received e-books: The Haircut, A New Year’s Tale and New Coastal Times. Neither has yet to win any prizes. Not even very obscure prizes that no one has heard about. But thank you for asking.

Born in Rochester, NY, she and her husband live near the ocean in Florida, where she worries about killer hurricanes, but not enough to move. Donna is currently hard at work (OK, not so hard at work) on her third novel.
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Slow start but great ending

    While the story get off to a slow start, once you get past the information dumps (there are three or four, I think), the story really takes off.

    The main character is a young woman who makes this huge journey to get back to her and her husband's families in the North after being almost literally flooded out of Florida. I have to admit by the end of the story I was so emotionally invested in her and her husband that I was crying. Not that the ending is necessarily bad, it is just a little sad and good at the same time.

    Donna Callea is on my list of authors to watch for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    New Coastal Times

    In the beginning it isn't clear what has happened although from the conditions the narrator, Mia, finds herself in, we could guess it's the aftermath of a hurricane. When the book takes place is also vague, I believe purposely. Although it has to be in the future, we can easily surmise it isn't by much. The world Callea describes is credible given the underlying assumption of the string of natural disasters and the repercussions that would stem from them.

    Mia is likeable and sympathetic. The other major characters are believable with a realistic mix of good qualities and human foibles. How Mia and everyone she meets have adapted to the new world is the crux of the book. Some become better people despite the hardships they endure while it brings out the worst in others. The development of the characters - how they change over time, is where New Coastal Times shines.

    Through much of the book it isn't clear where the story is going - what is Mia's ultimate goal? Compare this to a typical mystery, thriller, or romance where that goal is obvious early in the book. With New Coastal Times you're guessing as Mia aims at a series of intermediate goals. Initially it is to survive and reunite with her husband. As each goal is met Mia aims for something a little bit better. In retrospect, the logical story arc takes Mia to a point at which she settles in a life as comfortable as she can find given the circumstances of the vastly changed world. In the beginning, what that is or will be is a mystery to Mia, just as it will be to the reader. We have to discover what that is along with her.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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