by Sloan Bashinsky
ISBN: 1-4241-5964-4, 222 pages, 6 x 9
The publisher prints to order, allow 4 weeks for delivery of trade paperback version of Heavy Wait.
The book also is available as an E-book and in trade paperback at www.amazon.com. Much faster delivery. If you open Heavy Wait: A Strange Tale at amazon’s kindle invitation, you can read the first few chapters for free, to see if the book interests you. There are reviews at amazon. It’s also available in Spanish at www.amazon.com.es. And, it is available in large print.
Louise Wilson, of the Islamorada community of the Florida Keys, commented on Heavy Wait at the author’s website www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com:
I ordered ‘Heavy Wait’ about a month ago and it arrived in the mail Friday. I finished it last night. Could hardly put it down and if my eyes had cooperated a little longer I could have gotten through it in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.
I enjoyed it very much, laughed out loud (heartily) many times and enjoyed the twists and turns and surprises. I think you should write another novel soon. And I can say, I would look forward to reading it. For now I think I will read, ‘Kill All The Lawyers.’
The author, me, replied:
I’m glad you enjoyed Heavy Wait. You must be crazy.
I wrote Kill All the Lawyers? – A Client’s Guide to Hiring, Firing, Using and Suing Lawyers, in 1985. My farewell to the practice of law. Nothing like Heavy Wait, which was from the spiritual dimension. More like something Ralph Nader might have written in 1985, Kill All the Lawyers? was. Heavy Wait killed a few lawyers, though, and I imagine it would kill a lot more, if lawyers were to read it. A different kind of killing, of course. A few clients of lawyers get what’s coming to them, too; as happened in Kill All the Lawyers?, but in different ways.
What I sometimes wondered was, would I write a sequel to Heavy Wait?
Maybe I should write a novel entitled “Kill all the Humans.” Not necessarily in the gun and bullet sense exactly, but probably some of them might be better off to be taken out that way.
Ha Ha Ha ~ I’m glad you enjoyed “Heavy Wait.” You must be crazy. ~ You may be right.
From your post ~ “Heavy Wait” killed a few lawyers, though, and I imagine it would kill a lot more, if lawyers were to read it. A different kind of killing, of course . . . ~ Of course.
And last, but not least ~ Maybe I should write a novel entitled “Kill all the Humans.”
Just write another novel. Begin.
Me to Louise, whom I have known since I was 18 years old – I arrived on this planet, this time, in 1942:
Tell me, Louise. Do you nag your husband and relatives and friends, too? But then, maybe you herald a new novel coming out of me. If so, She, that is, my Muse will make her sentiments known when she’s ready, and if history is any test, she will be insistent. Sloan
After reading Heavy Wait, Monroe County (Florida Keys) Mayor Emeritus Shirley Freeman
told me she loved it, couldn’t put it down.
Mostly I read for entertainment—lightweight stories soon forgotten. Occasionally I stumble on a heavyweight—my first novel was “Hatter’s Castle” by A. J. Cronin. Read at aged twelve when I was still reading the “Famous Five” and “In the Fourth at Mallory Towers”—it was an epiphany in that, for the first time, I was introduced to realistic fiction and imperfect families. Last night I finished reading another literary heavyweight: “Heavy Wait” by Sloan Bashinsky.
At the start of the novel a visionary mystic and his lover, wife and kindred spirit win $ 14,000, 000. Winning the lottery might seem like a dream come true, but this pair has eschewed materialism. The windfall tests each partner’s dedication to their beliefs.
Riley Strange, a pre-eminent lawyer invariably wins legal arguments, but he can’t bring Mary-Lou round to his way of thinking. On the way back from collecting her winnings, she is killed in motor vehicle accident, leaving Riley with inconsolable grief and $ 14,000,000.
Cast out of his personal paradise, Riley spends time in the wilderness before meeting Willa Sue, a despondent, overweight woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mary-Lou. They strike a bargain: Willa Sue agrees to live in Riley’s home for twelve months, and halve her body weight. In return Riley promises to gift her the winnings, all fourteen million. Tempting eh? But is it wise to go off with a strange man, especially one who believes he’s God?
“Heavy Wait” is a deep and engaging book about the spiritual awakening of a damaged young woman who has the great good fortune to meet an angel, overcomes evil and finds true love—we all should be as lucky!
Salvation Jane, by Ann Massey, Perth, Australia
Reviewed by a former practicing lawyer and published author who became homeless in Key West and other places.
Set in Perth, Australia, inspired by the massive tasering for sport of a schizophrenic homeless Aborigine by Aussie police officers, and by a brave and outraged Aussie lassie jumping whole hog into her ’tis of thee’s national politics over that, and over the general plight of homeless men and women down under, and by the author’s own personal experiences, which she asked me to keep between her and me, which inspired her to novelize all of the aforementioned: Salvation Jane is a topsy-turvy twisting-and-turning emotional tilt-a-whirl volcanic tsunami. Maddening, uplifting, maddening, uplifting. Featuring two saints, one dearly-departed, the other his left-behind common law, but for whom the silver linings would have been harder to swallow. The self-centered child in woman body heroine made me want to wring her neck bunches of times, but it was fun watching her grow beyond herself, albeit not without heaps of snatchings of defeats out of the jaws of victories along the way. The homeless people, mostly men, are the adorables in their own special flairs of the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. The career politicians are suitably despicable soulless creatures unaware they are not really human. Every career politician should have to read Salvation Jane. Ditto, every person inclined to use the Nazi solution on homeless people. Everyone else should read it, too. Available in kindle and paper at www.amazon.com. Ciao maim. Not by Mark Twain.
The fugitive, below, on the lam from Birmingham Alabam