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Dr Vera Lewis has a difficult but intriguing patient, Marcel, whose symptoms result from multiple levels of rejection—from family, colleagues, relationships, and those journals that receive his poetry submissions. Desperate to achieve a breakthrough, Vera prescribes a very unusual treatment that begins to desensitize Marcel to rejection, albeit with unexpected side-effects ...more
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Published October 23rd 2016 by Red Mountain Press
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Mischenko
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enter to win a signed copy of Marcel Malone and see my Q&A with the author Lew Watts @
readrantrockandroll.com. The giveaway starts 12am 7/30/17 and ends 12am 8/6/17.

I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. Marcel Malone is a first novel for Lew Watts and one that is definitely unique.

Vera and Raymond are a married couple living in DC. Vera is a psychiatrist who lacks attention from her husband as he places more importance on his job as a lobbyist. Raymond worries about his
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Brian Michels
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an very interesting read. First off, it had a subtle or an invisible hook that pulled me right into the story. Initially, I thought it was the finely drawn main characters that I liked despite the two of them having less than admirable traits: Marcel and Vera; patient and Therapist. At our introduction, we see and learn that Marcel routinely curls up in a ball on the floor of his therapist. A shrinking violet? A coward? Flawed? Someone that needs a grip, for sure. Vera is not much bette ...more
Fran
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Psychologist Vera Lewis has joined a clinical practice started by co-founders Carolyn and John. Mainly business professionals are referred to her. Most bore her...that is until Marcel Malone. Marcel spends therapy sessions curled in "a pose of rigid fright". He struggles with melancholy and repeated rejection. Vera, John and Carolyn meet weekly to discuss their patients. A plan emerges to try to help Marcel.

Vera's therapeutic method includes Writing Therapy and Paradoxical Intervention. Vera sug
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BlackOxford
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american
Beltway Neurotics

A cautionary chronicle of Yuppie suburban life in Washington, DC. He a lobbyist; she a psychotherapist, enjoying the best money can buy of the professional high-life. There is a name-dropping tour of the latest hip bistros with their selections of rare rums and ten course meals followed by candied strawberries. Their house in trendy Chevy Chase was purchased with daddy's money and their joint incomes only spur the desire for their increase to the next higher income-bracket.

The
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David R. Dowdy
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, psychology
This beautiful autographed book (it has page holder flaps!) came to me care of the blog https://readrantrockandroll.com/ from which I won a giveaway copy. It is a well-written fictional account of a psychologist who helps a patient overcome his fear of rejection. She uses several clever techniques, one of which is to echo the man's writing.

As she works with the patient, the analyst learns of the poetry the former introduces by way of showing his feelings. She begins to research poetry, becomes c
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Karen
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Poetry as Healer

Marcel Malone is an unusual and exhilarating novel about the power of human connection and the power of poetry. Marcel has deep-seated psychological issues –and a history of rejection—when he begins seeing a therapist, Vera. His only lifeline is poetry. As Vera begins trying to understand poetry as a way into Marcel’s mind, her own life begins to change as well. In some ways, the novel is also a mystery, as we journey into the lives of both characters and discover the origins of
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Matt
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Lew Watts
First and foremost, thank you to Lew Watts for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Working through my pile of independent author reads, I came across this book by Lew Watts. He kindly asked me to take the time to read and review the book, though I had no idea what to expect beforehand. It did push me outside my normal genre, but I strive to open myself up to new and exciting topics. Dr. Vera Lewis is a successful therapist in the DC area,
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Misty Mount
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classy little read I'd recommend to poetry buffs. :)
Teresa
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the idea of a psychologist treating a patient who communicates only in poetry. The story reads like a mystery as the reader follows Vera, the doctor, through her own journal notes, as she is swept into her patient’s condition. She first enters his world compassionately, and later dangerously. I was quietly seduced by the poetry angle, as the author effortlessly introduces different poetry forms that shelter, restrict, and ultimately liberate the characters.
Dale Kronkright
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marcel Malone is the first, short but ambitious novel by the poet / scientist / engineer Lew Watts. Watts has published in many haiku journals over the past decade and it is likely that Marcel Malone inhabits a landscape populated with carefully crafted poems and poets because of Watts’ familiarity with the meter, discipline and beauty of poetry. In this novel insights into life's emotional dilemmas are inevitably revealed by discovering and distilling one’s experiences into a haiku of less than ...more
Pam Mooney
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! A thriller without the crime - I enjoyed this book a lot. I very much appreciated the poetry as well as the suspense as I watched each character's step through therapy and life issues. I really loved the New Mexico references as they played out so well I felt I was there. I am sure as a poetry novice some references may have gone over my head so there is so much more for a more experienced reader. A good read.
Clare
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Marcel Malone' is a compelling read, not just in the way it meanders through the characters' dramatic emotional landscapes, but compelling in a sheer literary way.

The creative use of iambic pentameter as Marcel's method of communicating, combined with the extracts of poetry and commentary on the subject and its authors, results in a rich smorgasbord of poetic prose, clearly demonstrating Watts' passion for the art.

The juxtaposition of unease and curiosity that Vera experiences as she gets to k
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Debbi
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Marcel Malone,” by Lew Watts (Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, 2016) is not a mystery, although the book contains many mysterious qualities. Here the forces of poetry, psychological therapy, climate change, self-actualization, sexism, corporate power culture, assumed and real personal histories, collide through the voices of two protagonists and abundant minor anti-heroes. In less than 300 pages, one might expect this to overwhelm the reader. Instead, it is an instant leap inside the minds of a th ...more
Kristi 🧜🏼‍♀️
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
there are things within our childhood that keep us safe -- mentally, emotionally, physically -- moments, experiences, maybe a loved one's security and presence .. for me, one of them is simply the comforting sound of seashells used upon a wind chime. Their music reminds me of my mom and our trip to Mexico, where I gazed upon and adored carts of chimes swaying in the Caribbean breeze. For the souls within this book, it is the saving grace of poetry .. an intriguing, simmering, beautiful story lie ...more
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Lew Watts is the author of the novel Marcel Malone. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his first collection, Lessons for Tangueros, appeared in 2011.
Beyond writing, Lew is a member of the governing board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (www.thebulletin.org), an organization that aims to warn the world of man-made existential threats, including nuclear prolif
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