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Vector a Modern Love Story

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Vector, a Modern Love Story, is told as a doctor s experience with his patients in New York City, their intertwined lives and loves. The doctor balances concern for his patients health with conflicting emotions as he discovers the connections between them. Two of his patients lives collide unexpectedly in a tragic affair; a young opera student Eva, and her mentor Michael, ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published November 25th 2011 by Jjbrown Author
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Jan 26, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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This author has pulled off a challenging feat in weaving a rather dark tale with such well-drawn characters and perfectly-tuned emotional layers that it moves rapidly along without getting bogged down. In fact, I stayed up too late a couple of nights to see what was going to happen next.

Its characters run the gamut of loving and generous to selfish and immature, yet there is a finely drawn theme of the power of love in a world of people who need love so desperately, and the ending is strangely h
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Jan 25, 2012 Laura LME rated it it was amazing
This book is an incredible journey through pain, loss and hope.
It is also a beautiful tale of innocent first loves and sudden realization that life can be a mined territory of selfish self-confessed "love" and deception.
The story pulls you right in, making you feel every character's emotional state, you feel the fear of losing physical capabilities, the terror of a disease discovery and the pain of missing lost ones. The heavy blanket of death is upon the story, almost like a constant presence a
Dec 29, 2011 Lillian rated it it was amazing
The story begins with this scene: a man and a woman alone in an apartment, the man getting ready for a party and the woman wishing he'd notice her, and bring her with him. Who could imagine this would weave itself into an epic tale of opera, love, death, and the ultimate medication to the human condition, hope. This novel is a cautionary tale and yet, without a warning, it whisks the reader away into an exploration of the darkest of human desires. The prose sucks you in, and doesn't let go till ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Vector is not what you think. It is a modern lovestory, just like the title - but more than that. It is also a story about how life happens on this Earth and and how all that life interacts. It is well written and a little bit frightening. Worth the read.
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Jun 04, 2012 Sharon Buchbinder rated it it was amazing
In Puccini’s La Boheme, a beautiful seamstress falls in love with a poet, is rejected by the poet and dies of TB in the poet’s garret apartment, despite the efforts of her best friend to obtain needed medicine. In JJ Brown’s novella, life imitates art. Eva, a young opera student learning the role of the beautiful seamstress in La Boheme, is in love with Michael, a philanthropist who runs an AIDS foundation.

Due, in part, to their twenty year age difference, the philanthropist is not interested in
Feb 10, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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Wealthy philanthropist playboy Michael Barnes has just returned from Johannesburg, South Africa. His physician, Dr. Emmanuel Victor drops in on him at his upscale EastVillage apartment on the eve of the soirée they will be attending, a benefit of The Barnes Foundation at the Waldorf. Dr. Victor is privately concerned with Michael’s ability to put in the required appearance and deliver the expected speech. We quickly learn that, though Michael appears normal to the casual observer, his health is ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
I received this author-signed book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway!

This relatively short novel is not exactly what I expected. At first the subject matter was disturbing, but I truly enjoyed the writing style. As I continued to get comfortable with the unfolding story, I had reflections of intense obsessions of youth and could also relate to middle age acceptance of ourselves. The interpersonal dynamics are very real and unsoftened, but respectable.

The characters in this book mingle with
Apr 19, 2012 Tammy rated it liked it
I won a signed copy of this book from Goodreads and I liked it. A story of love and loss but also hope. Eva is a college student studying opera who is in love with a much older man. Michael is a very wealthy socialite who has a foundation for Hiv research. Together they are friends, but Eva wants much more and finds herself in an unexpected situation.
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J.J.Brown writes contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. She has a PhD in genetics and works as a health journalist. Born in the Catskill Mountains, she lives in New York City.
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“It's your life, not your death, that defines you.” 3 likes
“I love opera. Si. But I am old. No passion in my life, you know? I work, I walk slowly now through my years...but opera! I see, I hear that passion, Eva. Is like the passion of youth. And I live again. I feel something.” 2 likes
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