Textual Healing

Textual Healing

by Eric Smith
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Textual Healing by Eric Smith

Few people have to deal with a haiku-speaking flower-shop-owning ninja every day on their way to work. Unfortunately for Andrew Connor, he is one of those people.

And poor Andrew, his week has been a rough one. His former bestseller, Chasing Fireflies, is on clearance at Barnes & Noble for $1.37, his girlfriend left him for a corporate America action figure, and he's been tricked into joining Textual Healing, a support group for writers who can't seem to write anymore.

Dealing with his employees at his failing used bookshop, a strange new love interest from the Midwest, and a pet sugar-glider that has somehow managed to destroy his entire apartment... when will he ever find the time to put pen to paper again?

A quirky comedy set in present day New York and New Jersey, Textual Healing follows the story of Andrew, a self-deprecating, once famous author, his small bookstore in Hoboken, and the colorful characters that surround him.

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ISBN-13: 9781452062457
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 11/19/2010
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I only saw one error that I remember. The characters aren't too in depth. Really the only person you get to know is Andrew (aka Ace), which makes sense as it's from his point of view. And the timeline is one week. It will shock you as much as it does Andrew when he asks himself if it's really been only one week toward the end of the book. I actually stopped reading and went back. lol It's a light fast read. The story is well developed all the way through, and it has plenty of quirky moments. Nothing really beats the haiku speaking, Ninja Orchid lady. She sneaks up on Ace all the time and when she leaves, she always does some Ninja move in the middle of the street. Always good for a laugh. The story is complicated but treated with an easy manner. I don't want to give too much away, but really it just illustrates why I was blown away that the timeline was only a week. So yeah, it's a fairly light, quirky love story. Romance written by a guy...bromance? No that sounds wrong...LOL. It's good fiction, enough said. I saw a review that said it's romantic comedy...yeah that fits.
TheCraftyAngel More than 1 year ago
How do you describe a book about a once-famous author who owns a failing used bookshop, with characters such as a haiku-speaking ninja, a maniacal sugarglider, and a group of authors who can no longer write? In one word: hysterical. Eric Smith's first work of fiction, Textual Healing, features just that and more. Dumped by his girlfriend, author Andrew Connor never expects life will change. His one rousing success, which was made into a feature film, bring him nothing but painful reminders that he has not written anything since. Anyone who does recognize him drive that point home by assuming that they thought he died. The only excitement in his life is the daily stealth visits from Brave Orchid, a flower shop owner/ninja who enters, delivers a haiku, then leaves with a ninja battle against an invisible enemy in the street. That is, until he's introduced to Hannah, a beautiful backpacking woman who keeps him on his toes and helps him see what he's missing out on in life. I absolutely loved and adored this book. It's not only one of my favorites for the year, but of all time. This feel good romantic comedy had me laughing out loud. I don't mean one of those anemic puffs of air that come out of your nose as you suppress a mild chuckle. No, these are out loud, hold my ribs, dog looks at me funny kind of laughs. I sincerely hope Eric Smith will write more--he has a life-long fan now! I would love to see this as a movie (even though, as we all know, the book will always be infinitely better). His style of writing is engaging, witty, and he is an all-around great storyteller. I loved the book so much that when it was over (I hate it when that happens) I sniffled and clutched the book to my chest. That is a sign of true love for me, at least where books are concerned. I've insisted my husband and daughter read it as well. I give this five stars/ And hope you read this Rom-Com/ It is that awesome. (Sorry Brave Orchid. I tried.)
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