Reviews of Court Appointed – Priscilla Audette’s second novel.
Review on Amazon.com
*****Baby Boomers Beware!
By Lily on September 9, 2015
Priscilla Audette, I am in awe of you! You have hit a home run with Court Appointed. The best social commentary novel this year! This is an incredible book on a topic that needed a light to be shined on it, and it begs to be read and reread! The following quote gives you a taste of just what could happen to you: “The motif of death as the grim reaper pales in comparison to a conservator’s control over prevention of a natural death.” I, like so many others, have had the experience of having had a loved one in a nursing home and you have to be their voice daily; this book shows us what can happen if we turn a blind eye. This novel opens that eye to the potential treatment of the elderly in this country and we as a country, full of aging baby boomers, need to sit up, take notice as we are the next ones in line, and then do something about the situation. Court Appointed is such an easy read for such a scary book. The chapters are short and flow together. The characters are realistic – some lovable and some you would love to slap. I also enjoyed the trials and tribulations of Hope’s family, friends and love life – giving the story a very human touch. This is a book that needs to get into the proper hands: such as judges, social workers, and/or mental health professionals. Please do read this book! Please do get it into the hands of someone who can make a difference!
August 2016 – Review of Court Appointed
A mesmerizing read! Every chapter resonates with emotion and empathy for the elderly and infirm that many wish would just go away! Court Appointed chronicles the agonizing internal battle between Hope, a compassionate, ethical case worker and the frighteningly rigid, often unfair and cruel demands of the “State”, her employer, at odds with her moral compass. Through it all, Court Appointed manages to breathe light and life into even the most hopeless situations she encounters. Through Hope we are privy to the touching backgrounds and lives of her clients who tragically find themselves burdened with debilitating circumstances, and end up as wards of the state. Court Appointed, Priscilla Audette’s second novel, is knock-out reminder of the power of bureaucracies and the greater power of love. We are vividly reminded that the kindnesses of mankind must be nurtured and preserved. Court Appointed is a must read for anyone with a red blood cell in their body! “But for the grace of God go I” comes to mind as you travel through this amazing novel. If you’ve ever visited or know someone in a nursing home, rehab facility, senior living facility or hospital, Court Appointed reminds us to stop and give a smile, a touch or a kind word to someone you don’t know. You may be just the reason someone needs to fight on and live another day. – Timi McGill
Readers Guide for Book Clubs Reading Court Appointed
1. The protagonist’s name is Hope. What is the symbolism of such a name in the context of this novel?
2. Darling, Hope’s well-liquored friend, is the story’s comic relief. Does her character serve any other purpose?
3. The pronouns he or she are never used when the antagonist, Morgan, is in play. Why did the author choose to make Morgan gender-neutral?
4. In your opinion, is Morgan a man or a woman and why do you think so?
5. Does Morgan have any redeeming qualities?
6. What is revealed about Hope’s character when juxtaposed with her sisters Faith and Charity?
7. In each chapter a curtain of time is lifted rounding out each elderly character’s past. How successful was this device in terms of humanizing the aged who are often seen not as people but as burdens?
8. The PET tube (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube), more commonly referred to as a stomach tube was described thusly in the book: “That tube was nothing more than a man-made umbilical cord without which this woman and countless others like her would not be alive.” Hope and Morgan have diametrically opposed perceptions of the value of stomach tubes. What is the debate and on which side do you fall?
9. Which elderly character did you relate to the most? Why?
10. There are many references to “time” in Court Appointed. Is “time” an appropriate motif for this story?
11. Throughout literature, Death wears many guises from grim-reaper to bridegroom. In what way does Court Appointed lift the mask of Death and teach the reader not to be afraid of the inevitable?
12. The recurring balcony scenes in the book emphasize the importance of the balcony to Hope. Why is it important to her? What does it symbolize?
13. Thinking past the end of the novel, what would you guess happens to Gene?
14. What is the likelihood that a court appointed conservator is in your future?
15. Court Appointed begins and ends with the bed-ridden client Lila. What is the significance of bookending the novel with Hope’s visits to Lila?
9/18/2012 – Review of Seismic Influences – By Priscilla Audette
Rebecca’s Reads just completed a review of my book. Here is the last paragraph of that review: “Following Joy’s journey from innocence to experience does make for a good read. The book, although 400+ pages, is one that flies by quickly. I found the characters to be colorful and interesting. The plot, for the most part, flowed smoothly, and held my interest. “Seismic Influences” is a decent first novel; philosophical in nature, and a thought-provoking read.”
Late in July 2012 a friend visited my website while she was concurrently reading my book, Seismic Influences, and watching the Olympics. Here is what she said:
I love your web site. To go there is to make a friend of Priscilla. It is very user friendly. Love the photos. I am 60 pages into the book so a critique will follow soon. For now I am hooked. The book is competing with the Olympics and is winning the Gold so far. Sally
Be prepared to not be able to put this book down. It started as if it was a murder mystery, but it is way more than that. Joy finds a body, but the story is really about her transformation from a clueless 19-year-old college drop-out waitress to someone who has experienced life on many levels. I found myself thinking more about philosophy of life after reading this novel, than after reading non-fiction books written for that purpose. Along the way, there was humor, lots of sex and romance, and a cast of characters that you both loved and despised (some at the same time). The writing is smooth–and sassy! As a retired librarian, it almost makes me want to go to work again so I can recommend this to library readers.
Look for a review of Seismic Influences on the following blog: www.thenewbookreviewblogspot.com