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Behind Those Eyes by Amanda Green

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Behind Those Eyes

Life on the streets of London

by Amanda Green.

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Two homeless men, a successful brother and sister, a woman falling in love, a man with family problems, a policeman and a whole lot of twists in this ‘sliding doors’ style novella. It’s a story about people and adversity, love, friendships, family, stigma and hope. Will you work out what they have in common? I wrote this realistic work of fiction hoping that it will help change people’s perspective on homeless people for the better. (Cut discrimination, beat stigma and create empathy)




A Word from the Author

Author Amanda Green picture2‘Behind Those Eyes’ is a special book to me. I travelled into London to ensure I got the place names, the layout of roads and the visions of homeless people in keeping with current reality. I was also working as a therapeutic counsellor with homeless people at the time of writing. I worked with them for over a year, which was very humbling.

I feel that the poverty in the UK is often ignored, and not even thought about by many people, so I wanted to write a fiction story that was close to reality, but with a fictionalised story, so that I could spread the word.

There are two homeless men in this story, who live on the London streets, a brother and sister who are far from impoverished, a woman, a man with family issues and a policeman. But, are they connected in any way? Well, there’s a great twist to this story, so you will just have to read it to find out.

(Amanda Green, November 2017)

 

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Fire & Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

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Fire & Water – A Novel by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.

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Only in the glaring light of hindsight does pediatric surgeon Kate Murphy understand that she was groomed for the path she’s taken. Raised by a widowed dad and a misshapen, sometimes comical trio of parental surrogates from Murphy’s Pub, her father’s Irish bar in San Francisco, Kate has never understood how protected she is—but when she learns that her well-meaning family has hidden bitter truths about her mother’s mental illness and death, the rest of her family history unravels.

Kate is still recovering from her family’s deception when she becomes involved with Jake Bloom—a charming artist different than anyone she’s ever known. When she experiences his sculptures on Ocean Beach, she is forever changed; in the months that follow, Jake reveals beauty Kate has never noticed, and exposes her to spontaneity, sensuality, and love deeper than she’d imagined it could be.

Only Mary K—Kate’s hard-edged best friend who doesn’t miss a thing and names bull when she sees it—is immune to Jake’s charms. She sees the potential for danger in Jake, and, of course, she says so. Caught between her newfound passion and her friendship, Kate dismisses her friend’s warnings. Ultimately, it isn’t until she is in too deep, with a daughter on the way, that Kate understands what Mary K feared on her behalf.

Fire & Water is a story of navigating the treacherous territory of passionate love, friendship, and family devotion—and of how love is always a matter of life and death.



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author betsy Graziani Fasbinder picture_Katherine Murphy is book smart, an accomplished pediatric surgeon at UCSF Medical center. But her patchwork family and her bookish nature sheltered her from the harsh truths of the world and hid family secrets from her, leaving her ill-equipped for the treacherous territory of passionate love. She meets and falls for Jake Bloom and is in too deep before she realizes that in addition to his brilliance, his passion, and his devotion Jake is also a broken person, a person who proves dangerous to himself and those who love him. Fire & Water is the story of navigating marriage, motherhood, family secrets, and friendship with love as a guiding light. It is the story of how love is always a matter of life and death and how family is far more than blood.

(Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, July 2017)

 

 

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