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Beatrice Gerard

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Now based in Florida, I have written literary criticism and taught Elizabethan and modern English literature. Beatrice Gerard is my pen name.

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Hunting for Sparrows

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Thinking about the narrator...
When the novel was in its infancy, the narrator had this powerful, patriarchal, voice. The omniscient narrator knew everything about the world of the story and more. He (yes, narrators and authors where men in those days) also commanded the reader on how to interpret and understand the story.

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The Celtic Knot (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Renowned painter and set designer Sela Walsh has a heated argument with her sons over the infidelities of her husband. Her hurtful remarks cause Paul and younger brother Mark to storm out of the apartment. An hour later both boys die in a car accident. Plagued by guilt and beginning the divorce proceedings, Sela finds it impossible to cope. She cancels her appearance at an upcoming retrospective of her work, and seeks comfort in the company of former mentor, sculptor Deidre O’ Neill. Deidre lives in Key Largo with her many cats and a pot-bellied pig named Chagall. The six-month stay with Deidre –which involves learning to sail, meeting several quaint Key locals, getting a grounding in Buddhism, Celtic folklore and Cajun cuisine, overcoming her fear of scuba diving, and making it through a tropical storm- strengthens the bond between the two women and allows Sela to grieve under Deidre’s wise, caring but never indulgent watch. Back in New York, Sela finalizes her divorce and accepts the scenic design job for Charpentier’s Medea at the Metropolitan Opera, in spite of the challenge that the disturbing nature of Medea’s predicament presents to her. She finds a friend in the director, Enzo Neri, a widower and a lively, affectionate Italian whose trust and encouragement allow Sela to not only begin a new life with Enzo, but also produce her finest piece of work. Deidre dies of cancer five months after the premiere of Medea and Sela inherits her Key Largo home, which she and Enzo plan to make their own vacation hide-away, giving themselves and Deidre a new lease of life.
The Squall (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: The Squall is a contemporary romance novel which provides a sympathetic view of the complexities of the “soccer mom” world. It depicts this seemingly protected world of gated communities and economic security in its reality, as one more arena where human relationships and miseries develop. The supposed financial bliss is also shown both in its often fragile balance and as a tool for manipulation and greed. The novel places Carol O’ Leary, affluent, confident, PTA Vice-President of Cultural Arts from Boca Raton, Florida, at the crossroads posed by her infatuation with her daughter’s Social Studies teacher, almost 20 years her junior. This requited love will force her to come to terms with many long-postponed, unanswered questions. It will also provide her with a different perspective of herself and those around her. Her closest friend’s emotional predicament and her own husband’s financial woes will prey on her in her attempt to make sense of her situation. Her final decision to remain with her husband will be a measure of her success in handling her own demons, and not a result of social pressure.
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