Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: Fergyville, Episode 1

Fergyville: Episode 1, The New Plan by Katina Ferguson is a novelette and the first in a new series. Ferguson is able to keep a finger on the pulse of marriage and life in suburbia, showcasing the banality that marriage and parenthood can have and giving it a twist that is left unresolved at the end of this short novel.

Frank and Catherine have been married for a while and have three small children. Catherine struggles with keeping a home as well as her good humor while she deals with the challenge of motherhood. Her day is portioned out into parcels of time that lead her up to her husband’s return home when she will get some relief in dealing with the constant demands of the kids.

Frank, on the other hand, has put some of his professional dreams on hold as he works to maintain a life for his family. As he deals with clients and coworkers his thoughts often drift and he finds himself daydreaming of other situations and possibilities that take him out of the humdrum job he has.

Then a series of strange events impact both Catherine and Frank. Cars don’t start, doors don’t open, children don’t cooperate and you are aware that something is going on that isn’t quite right.

Frank arrives home fearing the worst and questioning his ability to deal with it. Mentally reviewing the possibilities of what he may be facing leaves you wondering how things are to be resolved. And since this is a beginning of the full story, we must wait until the next installment to see where this story is leading us.

Ferguson is an excellent story teller and a good writer. Her writing is taught and bright. She obviously has some experience in dealing with the same situations as her characters which gives the story a feeling of authenticity. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait too long for Episode 2 in this tale. I for one am anxious to see what happens next!

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