Turnstilesby Andrea McKenzie Raine
Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world; Willis Hancocks Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character's individual trials. There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one's own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme. Martin and Willis are both trying to fit into the world, but on their own terms. They are naïve, searching for an Eden-like state of being. Through a broader experience of personal fortune, misfortune, travel, and social interactions, they each learn to accept their path and take control of their own destinies.
- Inkwater Press
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine is a story of three perfect strangers who are trying to find an idyllic world where things are as they should be. The novel revolves around three main characters: Martin Sourdough, Willis Hancocks Jr, and Evelyn. Evelyn is a prostitute, Willis Hancocks Jr is a lawyer, and Martin Sourdough is a homeless man who claims to be “free.” He has no aim in life and that is from his own choice. Willis Hancocks Jr is bound by his past. He is afraid to turn into his father and in order to save himself he gives away his inheritance to a homeless person. Evelyn is a prostitute and not by choice; she wants out of this life, but she does not have the freedom to do so. Throughout the novel the three of them will come across each other and in return give each other a sense of freedom to move forward and accept the world as it is. Through each other, they get to see the world from a different point of view, forgive themselves, and live the life they should be living. Andrea McKenzie Raine makes a huge impact on the mind of the reader with Turnstiles. The story is progressive and very enjoyable. Yes, the novel is depressing at some points, but that is the reality of life, which is shown as it is. The story is perfectly developed with great attention to detail and characterization. There are a few points here and there that frustrate the reader, but as a whole, the novel is really good.
This was a very enjoyable book. A great story with three-dimensional characters, whose fates are intertwined over continents and face to face. Each is on a journey with their own obstacles to overcome in order to grow and find their own contentment. I loved it!