"Then, on this weekend, just as water flew landward onto the
beach in an uprush, a breaking wave of sorrow flows through their
days, an uprush that changes each of their lives."
Four longtime friends are meeting at a beach house to renew their
friendships, updating and sharing their lives with each other. All
the women are in their sixties and each has discovered that life is
not as well-ordered and smooth as they had hoped and expected.
Madge Slocum is a successful writer and has a gift for each of her
friends. In her newest manuscript, she has written a chapter covering
each of the women's lives. How would you like someone documenting
all your life choices into a story? Madge does have a particular
touch in story writing focusing on the truth which is not always what
we want others to see. Each of the three women is challenged to
correct, change and to continue their story before it is sent to be
published. Does anyone want their lives revealed to everyone?
Lou, Madge, Jackie and Joan have endured troubled marriages and
lives that appear perfect but in actuality have more heart-break and
problems than they could ever have imagined. Appearances and plastic
surgery can be deceiving. This get-together every few years catches
them up on each other's lives and also brings a sense of “truth”
into their relationship.
After the first night together, Lou, Jackie and Joan awaken to
find Madge is not in the house. However, they are not really
surprised. Together they wander on the beach and discover Madge's
walking stick. Could Madge have been drowned, taken out with the
tide? Why are these women not frantically searching more for her?
The women call the local sheriff after awhile to inform him of
Lucius Baker tends to have an easy life in this small community.
The most excitement he has had since taking this job in this small
community of three thousand has been chasing cows, rescuing cats and
goats and breaking up fights in the bars. His years of experience
have given him an intuitive sense of knowing that these three women
have not been completely truthful with him. Where is Madge? What
secrets are they refusing to share with him?
Uprush is a
stimulating novel to read involving realistic characters who have
believable issues in their lives. The writing at first is a little
confusing until it is understood the differences between Madge's
writing and the actual events of the story. The characterization is
outstanding with the reader being able to actually visualize each
person and to understand the challenges and successes of each woman.
previous published as The Solarium
and is still available through Barnes and Noble and I-Books.
Jo Barney has written numerous short stories and has also published
the thriller Graffiti Grandma.
Uprush is a novel
reflecting our human nature and finding “truth” in our lives.