This review of Throwback by Susan Canavarro showed up on Smashwords:
In Throwback, Jack Remick writes about relationships, about pain and suffering, about illness and death, loneliness, emptiness, suicide, the last gasps of a life from one story to the next, transversing all his characters. It’s interesting that Remick’s male protagonist in each is the one constant compassionate caregiver, the listener, the helper, but always, the one left behind, sad and bereft at his loss. It’s like there is a deep-rooted need to be the savior. And when death comes to one character, his protagonist transudes from one story, one loss, to another, as if passing through the pores of life, changing names, but remaining standing within his own loss.
I relate to Jack Remick’s writing because he doesn’t try to hide pain and suffering. He’s not scribbling down the words singing an upbeat life is wonderful tune. He’s telling it like it is. The undercurrent of pain bubbles up to the surface in each story and in each of our life stories. He forces us to face it head on.
SC, Florence, Oregon
UPDATE: Throwback is now available on Smashwords and Kindle.
The stories in Throwback open a window on characters living calm everyday lives but underneath that calm there’s a violent, bloody, painful, suicidal world and a savage god waiting for them to make a mistake. The hurt oozes up driving each of these people to find a way out–
- The kid with a heart murmur wants to be a Marine.
- A guy finds his lost sister but doesn’t know how to handle a fallen angel.
- A woman with a fatal disease loses all her hair and doesn’t want to live without it.
- Looking for love, a writer finds a demon muse who rips his heart out.
- A traveling salesman falls in love with a surgical nightmare…
Throwback takes you step by step into a dark world where the light is just an illusion
Throwback— The paperback version will be ready in a couple of days.
Follow this link to Throwback for Kindle: Throwback and Other Stories
Smashwords editions are here: Throwback and Other Stories