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August Falling Kindle Edition
Can the stories he tells himself pull him back from the edge?
After a bad relationship, August is trying to piece his life back together. It’s not perfect – his flat is small, he works in a call centre, he can’t finish the book he’s working on, and he’s hopelessly awkward when it comes to relationships. Then August meets Julie.
Julie is everything he isn’t – confident, composed, and purposeful, despite her troubled childhood. With her, August finally begins to feel he can be himself. More importantly, he starts to see a future. But Julie has a past – a past that August comes face to face with on a computer screen. Can August find it in himself to love Julie unconditionally, the way he’s always longed to be loved himself?
Les Zig’s writing is sharp, honest and incisive, so real in parts it will make you flinch. Zig has the unique ability to pull real, human truths from the ordinary and everyday.
Praise for Les Zig and Just Another Week in Suburbia:
‘Literary integrity personified.’ – A.S. Patrić, Atlantic Black
Just Another Week in Suburbia is a hugely enjoyable novel which illuminates the extraordinary in the everyday, and the quirky in the quotidian.’ – Ryan O’Neill, Their Brilliant Careers
‘His writing amply displays the rare combination of natural talent and extraordinary hard work characteristic of those who succeed in the industry.’ – Andrew Morgan, Good on Paper
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About the Author
Les Zig has been telling stories since he was a kid, lying to get out of trouble. As a teenager, he worked out he could put his imagination to use telling stories, although this took a number of different forms. As he's grown older, he's had stories and articles published in various print and digital journals, screenplays optioned, and written one whole poem.
He's now interested in exploring the human psyche-from the fears, quirks, and neuroses that drive us, to the dynamics of how people interact and react, how the world around them influences and sometimes predetermines their choices, and who they inevitably become.
In 2017 Les published his first novel Just Another Week in Suburbia with Pantera Press in 2017, and also published Pride, a YA title with Busybird Publishing.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07G2TRM58
- Publisher : Pantera Press (28 July 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1211 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 400 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 712,755 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- 31,081 in Contemporary Fiction (Kindle Store)
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Meet August Priddy. August is trying to recover from a relationship breakup. He’s working in a call centre and living in a small flat. August is also trying to write a book, but that isn’t going well for him either. Sigh. And then he sees a woman in his local café: she looks intriguing, but can August summon up the courage to speak to her? August has a twin sister, Gen, who looks out for him and encourages him. Eventually, August speaks to the woman (her name is Julie) and they begin to spend time together. This new relationship seems to bring them both happiness.
But Julie has a secret in her past, and once he learns what it is, August isn’t sure that he can live with it. August has his own secrets as well. Can this new relationship survive the weight of the past?
I found this an engaging and thoughtful read. I wanted to reach into the pages and shake August, to remind him of what he might lose if he couldn’t accept that people’s pasts are not the only influences on the future. I wanted him to be more flexible, to take opportunities rather than be paralysed into inertia by obsessive analysis. I wanted August to discover who he was, instead of being defined by how others saw him.
This novel is a reminder that the past can weigh heavily, but we can make choices. What choices will August and Julie make? What choices would you make is a similar situation?
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Pantera Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Top reviews from other countries
It involves love, and things related to love. But it's not neat. It's not easy. And it's not straightforward."
So opens Les Zig's new novel on life and love in suburbia. August Priddy is an anxious young man, wounded and withdrawn after his sudden breakup with Lisa, his partner of five years, and missing their little boy Bobby. He's retreated to a call centre job he doesn't like and hasn't been able to finish the book he was writing when he was with Lisa and Bobby He's wary of new relationships but when bright, confident Julie walks into the cafe where he has lunch every day, he gets up the courage (with a nudge from his sister Gen) to ask for her number. And so begins a love story. Angus is smitten and life starts to look up until the day he finds out that Julie has a secret she has been dreading to tell him.
This was an engaging tale with strong, contemporary writing and some wonderful characters. Julie so strong and wise for one so young, wanting to shake off her past and spread her wings and Angus crippled and obsessed by his bad experiences, needing to find enough confidence to become his own person and make a new future for himself.