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"When Gordon Clay, a failed musician turned community college music instructor, suffers chest pains, he fears heart disease. But in fact he is suffering a midlife crisis one compounded by loneliness, professional disappointment and spiritual doubts. Chest Pains is a novel that explores these somber circumstances - and how they are eventually overcome - with wit, whimsy and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Bridge Works Publishing Company
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The characters in Janet Nichols Lynch’s recent novel , Chest Pains, have been alive in my imagination since I finished reading about them over a week ago. They are neither sleuths nor heroes, not celebrities nor spies. They live in California but are far from the glamour of Hollywood. They are, in a phrase, a motley and multicultural crew—a lonely and aging bachelor who lives with two cats and is a community college music instructor; a cheerful, marathon-running nun who is tone deaf but seeking ...more
I began reading this book online and thought that I would enjoy it because it involved a college professor. For some reason I enjoy books involving professors and academic settings. However, once I bought the book and continued reading it, I realized that I really didn't enjoy it all that much. The story involves the professor, his Polynesian girlfriend, child abuse, a stigmatic ex-nun and a few other assorted nut cases. If I were the author, I'd be disappointed in the cover, which is outrageous ...more
Very enjoyable, although I think this is one of the worst covers I've ever seen. Gordon Clay is a professor of music at a junior college and a bachelor. He "meets" a little boy at a park and eventually falls in love with the boy's mother. She is Polynesian, hence the cover. Gordon suffers some alarming chest pains at the beginning of the book, hence the title.
Janet Nichols Lynch’s most recent novels are COMMIE PINKO, about the McCarthy era and teen life in Berkeley, CA, in the 1950s; WHEEL OF FIRE, about a teen trying to free another teen from a destructive cult; MY BEAUTIFUL HIPPIE, about growing up in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and RACING CALIFORNIA, about the Amgen Tour of California. She is the author of the novels ADDICTED TO HER, MESSED UP ...more