Christine returns to the blog today with her thoughts on Edna & Luna, a novella which was a finalist in the 2017 New Generation Indie Book Awards.
Author : Gleah Powers
Title : Edna & Luna
Pages : 164
Genre : Contemporary fiction
Publisher : Vine Leaves Press
Publication date : September 28, 2016
Set in the American Southwest, Edna and Luna is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric and a much younger new age healer.
Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener and a man she meets at a senior dance who makes sexual advances in the swimming pool.
Luna, at 35, ridiculed since childhood for her unorthodox gift of healing, has left a violent husband before moving to a local trailer park. Despite Edna’s initial suspicions that Luna is both out of her mind and after her money, their relationship becomes an odyssey filled with unpredictable depths and discoveries for both women.
Edna and Luna is an unconventional little story (164 pages) by first time author Gleah Powers. Reading Ms. Powers’ Goodreads profile, she has a lot of lifetime experience that prepared her for writing this tale. Write what you know, right?
The novella is set in the American Southwest. Edna is an older gal, a childless widow, who is finally realizing that she is not going to have anyone to take care of her when she is hit with the infirmities of the elderly. She can be curmudgeonly, but I really liked her. Luna is a 35- year-old free spirit who has a gift for healing and a heart of gold that she inherited from her dear father. Sadly, he disappeared when she was 16. She too is on her own and scrounges to make ends meet. She has always wished for a husband and baby, but those have not been in the cards. Each of these two women tries her best to make a life for herself and to connect with others, but it’s very difficult for both. The stars finally align and these two are brought together. They couldn’t be more different, but they complement each other beautifully.
This story deals with the true meaning of caring, commitment and family; and the fact that blood isn’t always thicker than water. I found it heartening and poignant. My only wish is that it had been longer in order to explore their relationship in more depth. A sweet epilogue partially compensated for this.
I enjoyed this little book and recommend it to all looking for a quick yet touching read.
Many thanks to Ms. Gleah Powers for gifting me a copy of Edna and Luna in exchange for an unbiased review.
Edna & Luna was published in September 2016.