Lost – Priscilla Audette’s third novel – released January 2018
After suffering a blow to the head that robs her of herself, the aptly named Faith struggles against almost insurmountable odds to reclaim her self and her life as she knew it. First a disclaimer: although the protagonist in this novel suffers an injury, Lost is not a medical or health book. Rather it is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit that can rise like the proverbial Phoenix after suffering a nearly lethal trauma. Faith is a character who finds herself in a situation that will be identifiable to many readers. Who hasn’t known someone who has suffered a concussion or worse? To find oneself lost in the labyrinth of the mind because the brain has been injured is taking the hero’s journey to a new and challenging level. The hero’s journey resonates in all our psyches and that is why stories like The Wizard of Oz or Star Wars grab at us on a visceral level. Faith’s Call to Adventure is a car accident. She doesn’t have the choice of refusal; instead she is sucked into a new and scary world when life as she knows it disappears. She finds mentors, is tested, and ultimately fights her way back not to her old self, but evolves into someone who has gained knowledge and is better for it. To come to know Faith is to become her cheerleader. Readers will keep reading not only because the writing is compelling but because they want her to succeed. On some level her successes will be their successes no matter what different and challenging paths their own lives follow. Just like Faith, all women deal with the trials and tribulations life tosses their way; and because we are the resilient sex, we are usually better for the experiences. Faith is everywoman.
Court Appointed, Priscilla Audette’s second novel which is published by Sunstone Press and released in 2015, celebrates the humanity of the elderly, challenges the way our society cares for them, and hopes for a new vision that will infuse meaning into the lives of this disenfranchised group of people. Court Appointed is a series of vignettes of elderly people as they helplessly and ultimately ineffectively struggle against the intrusion of a court appointed guardian who has taken over their lives.
Audette, who worked in the industry for a little over two years, said, “They were the most intense two years of my life and I learned so much. I learned how the system treats the elderly, but more than that I learned how precious these people are. How a culture treats its elderly says a lot about that culture. And that’s the heart and soul of what this book is about.”
Thematically this novel follows the classic David vs. Goliath format. The protagonist, Hope, is thrust into David’s role facing off with the Goliath-like system who sometime abuses, sometimes mishandles, and sometimes just doesn’t understand the elderly. The system/antagonist is personified by the court appointed conservator alluded to in the title of the book. Who wins this face off? Well, we know that David did successfully slay Goliath. It’s very rare, however, for an individual to be able to fling the stone that fells what has become the status quo. They say you can’t fight city hall, but they also say that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” and so maybe this book will open some eyes and hearts and the system will become something new and better than it is at present.
Seismic Influences, Audette’s first novel celebrates the awards it has won!
Seismic Influences has been chosen runner up in the Shelf unbound 2016 Best Indie Book Award.
In addition it was one of the
NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Fall 2012.
One of the two best books in the Category of Fiction!
Award of Excellence: LuckyCinda Publishing Global Book Contest 2013
Outstanding Achievement in Fiction – First Place – Women’s Category.
In Priscilla Audette’s first novel, where stylistically Erica Jong meets Nora Roberts, the reader will join in a madcap romp through the early years of the sexual revolution.
Told through the eyes of a nineteen-year-old woman Seismic Influences is the story of a journey from innocence to knowledge. It is a period piece taking place in the early 1970s, an era that pulsed with the resurgence of sex: sex as power, sex as sport, sex as a means of profit, and for women, the beginnings of a remembering. Seismic Influences allows us to bypass our puritanical roots and to reach deeper into our psyches, into a more pagan time remembered only in our DNA.
The novel manifests elements of pop culture of the time (everything from Richard Nixon to Elvis) and confession. The main character, Joy—as in there was none in Mudville—works in a snack shop located in a Los Angeles suburb. As her story begins, Joy has just discovered a body. Although Seismic Influences is not a murder mystery, the presence of the body provides the story with a necessary philosophical fulcrum with mortality balancing on one end of the seesaw and a something-beyond-the-mere-mortal on the other. Not surprisingly, the ever-popular theme of good vs. evil appears in this story. But thanks to her naivety, Joy has difficulty distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys, which lends a madcap atmosphere to the goings-on.
The particular “seismic influences” that are suggested by the title of the novel are all things of a vibrational nature that influence us either directly or indirectly. Earthquakes, of course, top the list for Californians, but the vibrational influences can be other things as well; music, for example, or even the tone of someone’s voice. Indeed, the host of things between those extremes leaves the novel’s title much room for symbolic maneuverability throughout the entire story.
One recurring theme in the story is prostitution. The ancient unconscious memory of the sacred temple prostitute resonates. The modern bastardization of that holy profession, however, is what is thematic in the novel. The ring of housewife prostitutes mentioned at the beginning, seemingly in passing, actually comes full circle and has quite an impact on the conclusion of the story. The theme is significant because the prostitute—sacred or otherwise—is an intrinsic archetype to which all people, on one level or another, can relate. Because of this theme, and the murder, we see man in all his Neanderthal glory—the hunter of women, the hunter of other men, not to mention the hunter of the four-legged variety of prey. But more important than “man” in this story is “woman.” The motif of the moon in all its phases and the character of Esther, a witchy wise woman, anchor this book in the female aspect of the collective unconscious.
In addition to theme, the author has experimented with narration in this novel to the degree that there are, in essence, two narrators: there is the 19-year-old woman who is living the story, and there is the older woman who is looking back retrospectively. Quite often, through the use of language, the more mature narrator peeks through giving the story a depth it would lack if told only by the young woman.
The novel’s five parts are: I. The Meaning of Life; II. Desperate Times, Desperate Measures; III. The Peculiar Landscape; IV. The Borderland; V. The Totality.
Release Date: July 2012
Where to Purchase: www.amazon.com
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Libraries and Book Stores: The book will be available to you from sources such as Baker & Taylor’s and Ingram’s
ISBN # 978 – 1475201802
Also available electronically in an eBook.
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