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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Jolt Survival Trilogy
  • Series Number:3
  • Pages:182
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781733834643

Home Again 2020

a story of survival

by Roberta M Roy View publisher's profile page

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Overview

Home Again 2020 (Jolt Survival Trilogy, Book 3)the sequel to Too Close, is a historical novel that tells the story of Jason, Marty, and their mother, Mary Matters, reunited in their home in Ariana. Right hemisphere brain injury has caused Lou Matters, the father, to suffer left side neglect and vision loss. The story of their individual and joint struggles and efforts to heal are blind-sided by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in an environment where answers elude a government that is itself overwhelmed. Home Again 2020 is the story of the search to heal and survive in an increasingly complex world.


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Home Again 2020 (Jolt Survival Trilogy, Book 3), the sequel to Jolt a rural noir and Two Close, is a historical novel which tells the story of Jason, Marty, and their mother, Mary Matters, on their return from Ohio to their home in Ariana. Right hemisphere brain injury has caused Lou Matters, the father, to suffer left side neglect and vision loss. As such, Lou will stay until Thanksgiving in Ohio. Family members there plan to monitor his safety as he navigates the house and barn areas. For Mary and the boys, returning home requires an adjustment as the boys had fled for a year to avoid the potential for radiation contamination after the Magdum Heights nuclear plant meltdown. Marty establishes a warm friendship with Carl, a black peer who is new to the school. And Marty's interest in producing Tic Toc music and dance videos blossoms into involving his brother Jason and their neighbor's son, Ricky, and Carl. As for Mary, she has returned to her position in Aesopolis as a licensed school-based speech-language pathologist working with autism spectrum disordered and emotionally disturbed students. At Thanksgiving, Lou comes home to study and rehabilitate with the intent to become a web designer as he is no longer safe to drive By the end of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year, the boys' lives settle into a comfortable rhythm, but in January 2020, COVID-19 rears its ugly head. The effects of COVID-19 and its accompanying stay-at-home order impacts the family deeply only to be complicated by the emergence of a Black Lives Matter movement which impassions Marty to involve everyone. Home Again 2020 is the story of the everyday life of an American middle class family caught in a prolonged situation in which they must constantly seek new answers only to then have to incorporate a new awareness of COVID-19 and the importance of isolation, mask-wearing, and social distancing while developing a increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. Thus they are forced to survive 2020, a year in which climate change, political and social upheaval rock the country.

About the author

Roberta M Roy’s Jolt Survival Trilogy is the winner of four writing awards. Home Again 2020 (Jolt Survival Trilogy Book 3) took the Gold Medal for Current Events II (Social Issues/Public Affairs/Ecological/Humanitarian) and Silver Medal for Multicultural Fiction in the Jenkins 2021 International eLit awards and the Bronze Medal in the 2021 Jenkins Living Now Awards as a novel.  Jolt: a rural noir (Book 1) took the 2011 Jenkins Living Now Inspirational Fiction Award. Roy’s book Slivers: Poems by Roberta M Roy, medaled in the 2020 Jenkins International eLit Awards in Poetry. Roy is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who resides in the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York State where she is the creative lead and owner operator of alvapressinc.com.

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