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Sisters are meant to always be there for each other, or are they? In the glare of reality, clashing views and acts of betrayal can form unbridgeable gaps, and the fabric of sisterly love must be rewoven from whole cloth. Reel Life, the debut novel by Jackie Townsend, charts the story of two sisters who must call upon the past to forge a new and meaningful connection.
With iconic moments of cinema as its driving narrative thread, this finely-wrought, absorbing work will cut straight to the heart, and reveal the intricate emotions that come together to form a family.
Exploring themes of motherhood, body image, ambition, and love, Reel Life offers a poignant close-up of the most intimate of relationships that move, confuse, haunt, and heal. Surging with drama interlaced with subtle irony, Reel Life will shock, surprise and move anyone who understands that sometimes, escaping reality offers the clearest path to emotional truth.
"Jackie Townsend's debut novel, Reel Life, a character study of sisters and family, is a riveting story that captures the relationship between two sisters. Themes of fertility and motherhood, relationships between close siblings and how they grow to deal with a semi-dysfunctional family resonate in this novel, an engrossing story that kept me engaged through the end."
- Amazon review
Find out more at http://www.jackietownsend.com.
About the author: Jackie Townsend, a native Southern California, spends a lot of time in places not her own. As the youngest of four children, she carries a strong sense of family with her to these places, often foreign, and writes about belonging (or not belonging), loss, and love. She lives in New York with her husband.
Title: The Reel Life: A Novel
Author: Jackie Townsend
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Ripetta Press