Book Review. The Existence of Pity. Jeannie Zokan. 

Growing up in a lush valley in the Andes mountains, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales is mostly isolated from the turbulence brewing in 1976 Colombia. As the daughter of missionaries, Josie feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. She soon begins to hide things from her parents, like her new boyfriend, her trips into the city, and her explorations into different religions.

Josie eventually discovers her parents’ secrets are far more insidious. When she attempts to unravel the web of lies surrounding her family, each thread stretches to its breaking point. Josie tries to save her family, but what happens if they don’t want to be saved?

The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia.

Discussion. What do you do when you finish a book? 

“This compelling coming-of-age tale blends the exotic location of Cali, Colombia, with the story of an American missionary family challenged by tough personal issues in an environment where violence and danger are part of everyday life. . . . The story shines a light on how similar we humans all are, in our yearnings, fears and imperfections.” Gail Cleare, Author of USA Today Bestseller “The Taste of Air”

“The Existence of Pity” sweeps the reader away on a turbulent coming-of-age journey wrought with immersive, heartfelt turmoil that sets the timeless struggle of providence vs. free will against the rich tapestry of 20th-century Colombia.” Morgan C. Talbot, Author of USA Today Bestseller “Smugglers and Scones”

Growing up in a lush valley in the Andes mountains, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales is mostly isolated from the turbulence brewing in 1976 Colombia. As the daughter of missionaries, Josie feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. She soon begins to hide things from her parents, like her new boyfriend and her explorations into different religions.

Josie eventually discovers her parents’ secrets are far more insidious. When she attempts to unravel the web of lies surrounding her family, each thread stretches to its breaking point. Josie tries to save her family, but what happens if they don’t want to be saved?

The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia.

Book Review. INDIE POET – Thirty Poems From My Thirties: 2006 – 2016. Harry Whitewolf. 

In this short book of previously unpublished verse, indie poet Harry Whitewolf spits out his words with the ferocity of a rampant llama on speed. Poems knocking the establishment and rants mocking modern society are wedged between personal tales of boozing, smoking, loneliness and sex. Delivered with passion, anger, humour, beat and bite, this new collection is a quick sizzle trip through Harry’s dirty thirties.

Go on, give an indie poet a go.