Naught’s Had is the story of Kimberley and Alex, two ordinary, unsophisticated young people, set against the backdrop of the 1970's. As rock 'n roll energizes their world and makes them believe in tomorrow, the story plays out the complexities of two people, and their choices of how to love, and not love each other.
“Everybody knows Alex. . . . He’s charming, good looking, and gets a rush out of life and women. With Kim, he finds an incredible rush in loving her. He has to choose, but finds ways not to. With Alex, Kimberly’s tasted heaven, and doesn’t care what hell she has to go through.”
My novel is about passion, longings, fears. It is about social pressures. It is about letting love be whatever it is. It is about holding on and holding back. It is about games people play. It is about the interplay between love and fear. It is loud. It is urgent. It is young. It is frustrating. It has something to say about being alive. (Vivian)
“One look and he saw that last time was still in her eyes, in her smile – even more alive now than it had been that night, as if time kept up the drunkenness, as if she didn’t know (didn’t want to know) that he’d sobered up with the day. He smiled to himself – he’d expected her to come looking for more of the same, expected her to try to tie him to that. But she was dreaming, and he knew how to wake her up to a few of the realities of life. ... ”
These are characters you won't soon forget, dealing with issues that are unfortunately too prevalent in today's society. Author Vivian Gerow does a masterful job of exploring the complex nuances of [their] relationships through her often lyrical, almost stream-of-consciousness writing style.
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Kimberly and Alex make their choices until their love for each other lead both to go in separate directions. But, before this happens, we experience the questioning of life itself through these characters, as they try to understand ‘this thing called love,’ intellectually through Kim, and viscerally through Alex. No solution is ever given. We have it “naught” (as it were) – we’ll just have to try to figure it out for ourselves. It’s a ‘whodunnit’ on the relationship front.
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About the Author
“‘Wrapping herself up in the hopelessness of it all, she turns to the song and dwells behind blue eyes where dreams are empty, and hours are lonely. The Who felt it too, felt it better. Does it have to be this way?’ I was born in a small town in the interior of British Columbia, from which I was rescued when my father decided he had at last seen enough snow, and we moved to the coast. My rescue was accomplished only over my loud and long objections. I was about to discover that the safeness and sameness of our small town came at a cost. I literally went from reading Harlequin romances to the writings of fritz pearl and Carl Rogers: my mother had returned to university and she left interesting books around. That was when I knew I wanted to understand how relationships worked, but the truth of it, and not some tidy and polite version. I didn't yet know that fiction was the best format to explore human experience. That came at SFU (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC). The writings of Faulkner told me that even in safeness and sameness, truths could be found. The ordinary could be revelatory. We just had to look. I've been looking ever since. There is something in everything. ” Vivian graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in English Literature. She was strongly encouraged and supported by a number of people there, including the late Dr. Don Rubin, specializing in contemporary literary styles.