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Monday, February 2, 2015

Stark Trek
This has been, so far, a very stark, yet wet and cold winter. And today, Punxsutawney Phil, that enigmatic groundhog (a gopher, actually) saw his shadow. So now, according to him, we are in for another six weeks of winter. Ahem, folks…I beg to tell you that even if “Phil” had not seen his shadow, it’s still six weeks until March 20, this year’s Spring Equinox. To be honest, I can’t wait. Please! Bring on the warmth. Bring on the sun! And yet, oh woe, as I am writing this on yet another cold, dreary late Monday afternoon, it’s starting to snow. Pardon the intended pun, but I’ve had my fill of cold weather.

Well, at least I am safe and warm in my humble abode (as I hope you are, too!), crammed with books and basset and mewling cat who doesn’t understand why he can’t be out sunning himself on the deck. “Too cold,” I tell him. “Even for you…” as he stops staring out the French doors and slinks away to find a patch of heat in front of the fire. As for FrankieB…Well, his job is to nestle under the raggedy quilt on the couch as he tries to keep it from levitating. To be out in the nasty weather these days is, to me, unthinkable.

And even more unfathomable is walking in it…Yet that is exactly what 83 year-old Etta does after leaving Otto, her husband, a note and shouldering his rifle. Out the door she goes into the starkness of the northern backwoods. She’s off to find the ocean, on the other side of Canada, nearly 3,200 kilometes away from their Saskatchewan farm. Image being all alone, with the barest of provisions, in the near dead of winter…at that age…trekking cross the stark countryside in search of…What?

And then along comes James…

Not to give away what I’ve come to realize is the bare essence of Emma Hooper’s first novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James (but I think I am about to, anyway), I’ve often heard that animals, especially those in the wild, leave their packs, herds, pods, and familiar groupings when they sense that their time has come. They wander off alone in search of the “perfect” place to take their last breathes. I read somewhere that even Native Americans did this…and so, again with the ***SPOILER ALERT***, this seems to be precisely what aging Etta does. Although the canny author with her uncanny writing ability does not actually tell us this is so. Only James…howls. But before he does, there’s a whole novel chuck full of four wonderful people (James included), each with their own powerfully rich story to tell.

Intrigued? You should be. Now, please warp drive your way over to www.authorexposure.com to read my review of this intriguing literary offering while I (sun)beam myself over to the couch and join the animules for a bit of communal warmth. Brrrrrr!

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,