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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Contemporary Women
  • Language:English
  • Pages:258
  • eBook ISBN:9780984826124

Woodacre

by Christie Nelson

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Overview
Woodacre is a love story about two people perfectly wrong for each other. Jess McCarty settles into the simplicity of life in Woodacre with her daughter, Sarah, after a turbulent divorce. Mickey, a San Francisco fireman, struggles to make sense of his attraction to Jess as he withdraws from his marriage. Their passion burns so hot it blinds them to the truth of how utterly different they are from one another— he has one foot in the past, and she is poised to step into a new era. As they race toward a future that keeps slipping through their fingers, against all odds, we root for their happiness. Alternating between Jess’s intense point of view and the intimate voice of her lover, we are transported back to the early seventies, a restless time of experimentation, when families were rocked, often torn apart, by the lure of freedom that came with a price. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco and rural Marin County, the novel captures the richness of the times, the beauty of the landscape, and the passion of an unforgettable love affair.
Description
Woodacre is a love story about two people perfectly wrong for each other. The novel is set in Marin County in the early seventies as a generation of people set out to reinvent themselves after the turbulent sixties. During this restless time of experimentation and social change, individuals and families were rocked, often torn apart, by the lure of freedom that came at a price. The story alternates, chapter by chapter, between dual first person points of view. Mickey, a San Francisco fireman, struggles to make sense of his attraction to Jess McCarty, as he withdraws from his marriage. Jess settles into the simplicity of life in Woodacre with her daughter, Sarah, after a turbulent divorce. As obstacles fall away, Mickey and Jess begin a love affair where passion overrides reason. The characters travel down a labyrinth of their own undoing against the backdrop of rural Marin. The raw beauty in the landscape mirrors their intense attraction and obscures their differences. Jess is unprepared for Mickey’s violent explosions of anger and jealousy, but she colludes with him by ignoring the warning signs in an effort to maintain the fragile balance of her life. Their love affair unravels when they can no longer evade the destructiveness of their relationship, and in a stunning climax, release one another from each other’s grasp. The themes in Woodacre include: the nature of sexual passion; how place and time defines personality; the impact of social change; how cultural attitudes and beliefs affect women, men, and children.
About the author
Christie Nelson is the author of Woodacre, Dreaming Mill Valley, and My Moveable Feast. She lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband.
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