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What’s Everywhere She’s Not about?
Here’s its summary:
David is a brilliant young man living alone in an old seaside motel in San Francisco in 1979. He has just destroyed the life that he and his live-in girlfriend Kate spent two years building together.
He has no idea why he did the terrible thing he did. All he knows is that he’s appalled he did it, and desperately wants Kate back.
Fat chance. Kate, who loves David, is many things. Stupid isn’t one of them.
Everywhere She’s Not is about crazy-making, mind-boggling, gut-wrenching love. It’s about how ultimately rewarding it can be to keep hoping, even when you know there’s no hope at all.
It’s about passing through locked motel doors, travel brochures for ax-murderers, Cornish game hens playing lawn darts.
It’s about helping your best friend, who is gay, pretend that he isn’t gay, so that his ex-wife won’t take away his child visitation rights.
It’s about David Allen Finch finally facing the truth of who is family is, and what they’ve made him become—and what, if anything, he can do about that.
Do people like the novel?
“It’s not easy to tell a story that is filled with hilarious humor, the pangs of love lost, excruciatingly sad family life and deep, deep inner circumspection that ultimately uplifts your soul, but John has done just that. I highly recommend you read this book; you will thank me later.” — Jon Mayes, Advance Reading Copy (You can learn who Jon Mayes is here. You can read his interview with me here.)
“Deeply engrossing . . . a hightly satisfying reading experience . . . Shore’s writing is so stylistically on target that the language itself falls away, allowing the reader to enter into the subtleties of the story completely. . . . Shore’s protagonist is authentically funny and rawly sympathetic . . . This novel stands apart for its originality. It is a testament to the notion that the strongest works are often those with simple storylines, exceptionally told. 10 out of 10.” — Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize
“I just finished Everywhere She’s Not, and I’m sitting on the couch with tears running down my face. This is a work of genius. I love the content; I love the form; I love the writer’s voice. The word choice is masterful. The tone is masterful. The story is masterful. The whole thing is absolutely sensational.” — Kim Flachmann, PhD English; Professor of English and Writing at Cal State University Bakersfield; recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the California Association of Teachers of English; author of CSU text books “The Prose Reader”(now in its 12th edition), “Nexus: A Rhetorical Reader for Writers,” and “Reader’s Choice: Essays and Stories.”
“Bravo! Everywhere She’s Not is a wise, witty, gripping and richly imagined novel. It is funny, sad, uplifting, humane, and heartbreaking. The material is not light–on the contrary, it is packed with deep thoughts and life lessons–yet it reads so easily. I loved the story, and wished it had gone on forever.” — Dr. Ana Kandare Soljaga, psychologist, international public speaker, author of Infidelity and Having It All.
“With masterful prose, pitch-perfect dialogue, and laugh-out-loud humor, Shore has crafted an engrossing story of human fallibility, family wounds, and the redemptive power of self-discovery. Both heart-rending and hilarious, Everywhere She’s Not will resonate deeply with anyone who’s ever struggled to understand their past or find their truest self.” — Erica Witsell, author of the novel, Give.
“Shore’s territory is the daily, personal challenges of how we live. He traces the very real, very emotional lives of ordinary people who are just trying to keep up–with, often, their own hearts.” — Bruce Steele, Asheville Citizen-Times
A powerfully compelling introspective look at life . . . The wrecked persona of David is beautifully achieved through narrative intimacy, stellar descriptive work and compelling dialogue . . . Everywhere She’s Not is a harrowing and fascinating novel — K.C. Finn, for Readers’ Favorite
“I just couldn’t put it down. A couple of times I really had to stop and walk away from it–it was that honest, raw and painful . . . I wish I could give a copy to the struggling people I know, grab them by the lapels and say, ‘READ! READ!'” — Mary L. Harper, Current Literature Book Club
And then there are the reader reviews . . .
“I’ve read Everywhere She’s Not. I love it. Now what?”
A 5-star review on Amazon and/or Goodreads would be a huge boon for the book. If you have a book club, bring the novel to it. (I’ll be happy to show up in person, or do a Skype chat with the club, once everyone has read it.) The value to its fortunes of sharing the book on social media is incalculable. If you have a blog, write about Everywhere She’s Not. If you have a podcast, radio, or television show, have me on as a guest.
This novel will live or die depending upon whether or not its readers get behind it in all of these kinds of ways. It really is that simple. Thanks for your help!
“Didn’t you used to have a massive blog?”
From 2007 to 2014 I did write a spirituality / humor / advocacy blog here at JohnShore.com, as well as for The Huffington Post and on Patheos.com.
Back then my blog header looked like this:
My blog did some 300,000 views a month. You can read more about the work I did on my blog here.
“Do you write an advice column?”
Did you write the first real-time serial novel ever published on the website of a major daily newspaper?
I did! Please notify literary history. From April 2016 until I concluded the story in November 2017, I wrote Ashes to Asheville, published on the website of the Citizen-Times. Ashes is also available as a podcast via iTunes or its Libsyn page. The Citizen-Times’ article introducing Ashes to its readers is here.
“Let’s stay in touch!”
I’d love that. These days I’m mainly communicating through my monthly newsletter, to which you can subscribe below. I hope you do! (I use MailChimp for the newsletter, so you can be sure it’s safe, secure, and won’t ever result in any spam or ads. Unsubscribe with a click of your mouse.) Please drop me a line, any time, through my Contact Me page. I look forward to hearing from you!