PUBLISHED IN: 2014
THE AUTHOR: Deirdre Thurston
THE EDITOR: Joe Coccaro
THE PUBLISHER: Koehler Books
SUMMARY: CAUGHT is a collection of stories that explore the deeper human themes: expectation, desire, loss, hope, fear, joy, redemption. While the collection as a whole is relentlessly empathic, each retelling is colourful and sharp; here acidic and humorous, there bittersweet with pathos. In this era of increasing social disconnection – in which technology is replacing intimacy and life occurs at a pace that challenges our ability to stop, observe and interpret our own existence and its relationship with those around us – CAUGHT’S celebration of the everyday experience offers nourishment for the harried soul.
THE BACK STORY: I decided to write a collection of stories/essays/vignettes because I had always dreamed of writing a book from an early age. The book took around twelve months to write. My only research was observation of life and the people I saw everyday and listened to myself.
WHY THIS TITLE?: The title was chosen from the first story in the book. I liked, as did the publisher, the connotations of the reader being “caught” by the stories.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: CAUGHT is a collection of short stories, literary sketches and vignettes each capturing a moment in the life of someone a lot like each of us. Each story delves into human themes: expectation, desire, hope, loss, fear, joy, peace, suffering, redemption. The narrative is filled with subtle irony, humour and touching observations. The overriding message in CAUGHT is: that any moment in every life can be viewed as worthy of treasuring. Whether that moment is filled with despair or joy; they provide entertaining relief and nourishing benefits. The stories are real and everyone will relate in some way.
ByDeb Drewon June 16, 2014
A delightful book that inspires the reader to reflect on their own memories, author Deirdre Thurston has chosen to uncover and display facets of life in a somewhat whimsical manner that is at once engaging. The reader is able to easily recognise similar feelings and thoughts of ones own life evoked by the descriptive manner utilised by the author. Indeed this skill almost overwhelms as the reader experiences amusement, happiness, sadness, sometimes disconcertingly all at once!
ByRNMcon June 3, 2014
In Caught, author Deirdre Thurston has written a collection of short stories or vignettes, splashing her words onto the page like an artist brushing oil paint onto the canvas, both creating something evocative and memorable. Thurston brings all five senses to bear as she immerses you into a moment in someone’s life. You smell the baking hams, taste the crustless cucumber-and-cress sandwich, hear the breeze ruffling the coconut palms, see the celebration of the whitebait catch, and feel Marjery’s soft cloud of black hair.
“Each story draws you in like the enticing first chapter of an impossible-to-put-down book. You turn the page, eager to know more about the characters she has so skillfully brought to life. Caught is a book, I wasn’t certain I wanted to read but to have missed Thurston’s beautiful voice, her insight into the human experience, and her amazing way of drawing the reader into the story would have been my loss. Caught is Thurston’s first published work, and I, for one, hope it is not her last.”
ByRebekah Tyleron June 18, 2014
Deirdre has the ability to describe the ups and downs of life in a witty and humorous way. This is a book that you will not be able to put down. Each story holds its own poetic tone that will take the reader on a ride into the lives of others – my favorite is The New House!
AUTHOR PROFILE: I’ve been an observer of people my whole life, always intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and what those events take on in the eyes and lives of ordinary people. As well as seeing — and feeling — the angst and the pain, the fragile hopes and dreams, the joys and the frustrations that make up the human condition, I’ve also always been able to see the funny side. My vantage points have been from the perspective of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, an aunt, a friend and a confidante — I’ve looked at life through many lenses, yet always my own observations have been enriched by the points of view of the other players in those unfolding dramas. And always inside of me, from the time I was five years old, has lurked a writer — framing my observations and cataloguing them. Storing them up until I was ready to capture them on paper. At 57 I began crafting my lifetime of observations into sketches and vignettes. Two years later I knew it was time to start sharing my stories with the world.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: In writing this book I discovered many things about myself and life in general. My hope is that the readers will be able to have a good laugh, maybe shed a tear and know they are not alone in the ups and downs of life.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: https://bay169.mail.live.com/mail/ViewOfficePreview.aspx?messageid=mgE1et640T5RGftQAhWtbndg2&folderid=fldiYdWVWhLEq20cjZ1RlRL
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & noble, etc. B&N, Book Depository, Amazon, Koehler Books.
PRICE: Paperback $11.98 Kindle $6.00.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: I think it’s very important to open the door to writer/reader interaction. You could post your e-mail address, Facebook page, or Twitter handle, or all of the above.