T-shirts, cut-offs, a pair of thongs—and a book to read on the beach! We’ll be having fun all summer long…
(My twist on the lyrics to “All Summer Long” by the Beach Boys; 1964)
An Indie author who writes Contemporary Women’s Fiction, I’m sensitive about the coined phrase “beach read” for its implications in pegging a novel such as mine a “quick and easy read”.
Channeling Joe Pesci playing the role of Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas—“Quick and easy, how? What’s quick and easy about my book?”
Citing a phrase from the pre-publication review by Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review:
“Now, one normally expects that mention of a food-garnished women’s book will make for light, breezy beach reading; but An Enlightening Quiche is anything but vapid, offering hard-hitting insights and reflections from its very first chapter.”
Hence, I avoid labeling my book “Chick Lit” which has potential to conjure visions of cocktail glasses, designer handbags, and high heels typical of the breezy, beach read.
Fine and dandy, if you prefer a light literary jaunt.
I prefer to classify my book as “Lit with Grit” because it embraces realism and portrays women over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas to become empowered in making profound life changes for the better. My novel is descriptive, introspective, and explores the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs. betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death–inevitable or tragic?
Under my umbrella, I believe that a book in any genre constitutes a beach read as long as it’s a page-turner you can get lost in while basking in the sunshine on the sand. So, besides toting beach towels and a blanket, suntan lotion, bottled water, and snacks—what book did you pack?
Eva Pasco’s Websites:
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco
Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0