|"Two Birds" copyright 2009 Kristin Fouquet|
Many moons ago, I had a story, "A Reason to Believe," in the first issue at Full Of Crow. Five years later, it's come to my attention it will be folding. Sad news, but Kevin Tosca has a story, "Sobriety Test," in the last issue. It's an interesting study in the exploration of a May-December relationship encounter. I couldn't find my story in the archives, but you can read his. Full of Crow has come full circle.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
|"Reading All Our Yesterdays" copyright 2014 Kristin Fouquet|
Only several pages into Erik Tarloff’s novel All Our Yesterdays, I knew I was going to adore it. Was it naïve optimism? Was the plotline already so riveting I didn’t think I’d ever be able to put it down? Maybe a little of both, but the simplest reason was because I immediately loved the protagonist. The story begins with a first person recollection of when he, Zeke, met his love, Molly, at a party in 1968. Through this flashback, the reader gets a glimpse into the decent, good guy he is and will prove to be over time.
The setting is Berkeley in the late 60s and early 70s, a backdrop of rapid social change and heightened political awareness, juxtaposed with contemporary Berkeley. Because of Tarloff’s masterful construction, one is not reliant only on Zeke’s first person account, which occurs in the chapters from the past. These “then” segments shift back and forth with “now” chapters delivered in third person. As enjoyable as Zeke’s perspective is, it’s helpful for the reader to get outside of his head and see him from another angle to appreciate the full story.
Tarloff has created a believable cast of characters. Flawed and real, they evolve and make decisions, changing relationships and the dynamic of the group. The writing style is fluid with moments of tension and intrigue. Intelligent, funny, and engaging dialogue illuminates the lively interactions among the characters.
All Our Yesterdays is as much an enduring love story between Zeke and Molly as it is an homage to the unique city of Berkeley, which has undergone its own evolution.
Find out more here: All Our Yesterdays