Walking Thru' Fire

"Once Significant Others" - chapter one of my new draft novel

July 14, 2022 Ian Gouge
Walking Thru' Fire
"Once Significant Others" - chapter one of my new draft novel
Show Notes

"Once Significant Others" is my new novel, currently out for pre-publication reviews.

Comments thus far:

"The opening line ‘She hadn’t meant to die,’ opens up a world of liminal spaces, where past and present relationships co-exist. One character is the lynchpin, holding together a complex web of relationships. Six lives had converged in their youth during ‘the summer of ’84’. The death of one  is the catalyst for a group of people, now in their fifties, to come back together and uncover some uncomfortable truths. The reader must decide whether or not this character is the heart and soul of the group or  simply the puppet master. Here is a story that questions the whole idea of friendship and the notion that we can ever really know anyone, no matter how intimate the relationship or how much time passes in the making of it."

"A deeply engaging book, addressing pressing issues of ageing and memory. The characters are caught in an intricate dance of time. Every moment of dialogue and recollection is thoroughly believable. Past secrets explode into the present from a multitude of viewpoints."

"I find the premise, structure and writing of this novel intriguing, as is the character development. I especially love how the reader is invited to participate as a member."