BOOK REVIEW: FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME by Camille Noe Pagan

Forever is the Worst Long TimeForever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the very first page of FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME, the reader is drawn into this ‘un-put-downable’ story of friendship, love and loss, trust and betrayal, redemption and reconciliation.

Camille Noe Pagan writes with an authority and compassionate understanding of the human condition, weaving a rich narrative with a cast of multi-dimensional, layered characters to create a truly compelling read.

James -the dreamer, Rob- the fatalist, Lou- the poet and woman who loved too well… this trio of friends and lovers is beautifully, almost heart-breakingly, real… are “center-stage” in this ‘drame de l’amour’.

Camille’s characters are brilliantly written, flawed with a ‘human-ness’ that makes them relatable on so many levels to the reader. As their story unfolds – told through the voice of James, with an honesty that is both open and at times brutal, imbued with a wisdom that belies the age of the narrator… the characters’ “layers” are revealed, pulling the reader through a range of emotions… love, hate, despair, hope… to an ending that will have the reader reaching for a box of tissues.

Again.

“Every event is different to those who have lived it, those who have witnessed it, and those who only later read of it.” This is one of my favorite lines in the book.

James only ever wanted to write a novel… something important. That was his dream. But from the first moment his eyes settle on his best friend’s fiancée, that dream begins to unravel.

Lou is a woman who loves too well and when the man she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with betrays her love, Lou’s heart finds a safe harbor in James… Jim, as she calls him. It suits him better than James, she told him when they first met. Jim, already hopelessly smitten and deeply conflicted, falls the rest of the way in love with Lou. It’s a short fall.

Neither know it yet, but their lives will be irrevocably changed.

Rob is undeserving of Lou. On every level. He sees betrayal as an absolute and the truth as shades of grey. He plays the role of the “wronged”, ironically unaware of his own duplicity.

We all make choices. And there are often consequences that we are not prepared to deal with. But deal with we must.

James, Lou, and Rob find their lives turned upside down and inside out as they grapple with the choices they have made and the choices they will make. They too will eventually have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

More than anything else, FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME is a story of hope. It is a story of human frailty, of needs and desires and compromises and an uncertain future.

Love can come in a heartbeat. And end even faster.

Love can also be a long, slow “fall”.

One that can last a lifetime.

Thank you.

Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
(Writing under a large mushroom somewhere in the Pacific Northwest)

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found athttp://veronicathepajamathief.blogspot.com/ andhttp://veronicathepajamathiefwritespoetry.blogspot.com/, andhttps://veronicathepajamathief.wordpress.com/
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