AIDS and Alzheimer’s in the Eighties-tempest spawned love Daniel Lawrence, a superior court judge, is being tried for the assisted suicide of his wife, a young victim of Alzheimer’s disease. He wants justice defined in the light of personal commitment. His defense: no malice aforethought. Joanna Archer, 20 years his junior, is the court reporter on his trial. She escapes from a bullying husband and craves personal autonomy.
She and Dan meet during Hurricane Irene in Miami and begin the strange intertwining of dependency patterns, the gaining and giving up of control, a common struggle. Joanna’s friend and colleague discovers she’s an AIDS carrier and must deny her unhealthy need for sex, thereby denying Dan’s defense lawyer’s need for love. Ralph, Dan’s friend since surviving a capsized boat with him in a 1938 hurricane, has his wife’s stomach pumped when she attempts suicide with pills. He needs her alive; she hates him. Each character values autonomy. Some gain it; some give it up. The suspense of the novel lies in who; the depth lies in how.
About the author
Evelyn Cole, MA, MFA, poet and resident of San Luis Obispo County, CA, is a failed sea kayaker, a successful cook, failed businesswoman, successful teacher and professor, failed webmaster, successful ping pong champ, failed golfer and successful traveler, wife/lover, mother, and occupant of this planet who wears her poetic license on her car, her head in the sand, and her heart in her pen.
She has published one textbook on levels of abstraction, two books of poetry, and six novels shown throughout, “Call me Mary” subtitled “and do call,” “For the Sake of All Others,” “A Tough Journey,” “Gambling for Good Mail,” “Hurricane Love” and “The Underbelly,” subtitled “Dr. Jacquelyn and Mrs. Hyde.” Beside non-fiction articles for psychologists, she wrote Brainsweep, a six lesson course for tapping into the subconscious mind. It is available free to anyone who doesn’t mind writing by hand.