Saturday, August 20, 2016

Revenants: The Odyssey Home

Title: Revenants: The Odyssey Home

Author: Scott Kauffman

Genre: Historical fiction

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do. 

About the Author: Scott claims his fiction career began with a in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer's eighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, he failed to read the book. An exercise of imagination was required. Scott snagged a B, better than the C he received on his last report when he actually read the book. Thus began his life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. Scott is the author of the legal-suspense novel, In Deepest Consequences, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. His short fiction has been appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. He is now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories. He is an attorney in Irvine, California, where his practice focuses upon white-collar crime and tax litigation with his clients providing him endless story fodder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and in the upper ten percent of his class from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws. 

Review: A poignant and bittersweet tale of war, and loss, and lost souls, waiting to be brought home. A brilliant peek into small-town life during Viet Nam-era America, Scott Kauffman takes the reader on an unforgettable journey.  Happy memories, new challenges, life changing at an unfathomable pace. This story is so much more than a coming of age tale, or a peek into the life of a bereaved family. Follow the intrepid Betsy, a true heroine for the ages, as she leads the delightful cast on an adventure that only happens when you’re sixteen with your life laid out ahead, just waiting for you to step into it.