Lacy Dawn, the eleven-year-old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.
Yes, all in one book.
It is a children’s story for adults with a happily ever after ending.
* From Goodreads
Fictional Characters / Emotional Triggers
by Robert Eggleton
Do you cry during sad or uplifting scenes in books or movies? Some people are so sensitize that they weep during fund-raising infomercials for Save the Children or another heart-felt cause.
Or, have you ever laughed so hard that a change of underwear was in order? Was that perfect kiss better than a real one? Or, well, let’s not get into how those hot fictional bodies affect your feelings, thinking, and behaviors – the interconnections of sexuality.
Good fiction, unless you are a total narcissist and unable to feel empathy, does trigger emotions. Since adolescence is often a period of strong egocentrism, and since empathy is an acquired skill that develops as we mature, young adult novels often tend to prompt more basic feelings. Excitement or enjoyment is prompted with plot and action. Whereas, literary fictional characters tends to be more complex and prompt contemplations about emotionally charged issues long after the last page of the novel has been turned.
Unless emotions are triggered by the fictional characters in a story – hate or love them – irrelevant – maybe you’ve been…
Rarity from the Hollow is an adult literary science fiction novel full of tragedy, comedy and satire. Of course, you will hate some of the characters. Hate is an excellent emotion, especially if it drives you to feel or act positively in one way or another.
Here’s what one book reviewer concluded after reading this novel, the second of two Gold Medals:
“… Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity from the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved….” — Readers Favorite Review
For some people, emotional triggers prompted by fiction are related to warm or harsh personal memories. Memories of very bad experiences, such as rape, car accidents, war, child maltreatment, can traumatize a person. One of the characters in Rarity from the Hollow begins the story as a war damaged Vet having returned from the Gulf War with PTSD. There is one violent scene in Rarity from the Hollow, a flashback of domestic violence discussed by the protagonist during a therapy session.
There are references to child maltreatment and sex in Rarity from the Hollow. It is adult literary science fiction for adults:
“a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in- cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” –
As a retired children’s psychotherapist, the novel was written to be a fictionalized road map from victimization to empowerment, especially for those victims still symptomatic after having been involved in mental health treatment or currently involved in treatment. This story is pure fiction, based on people that I’ve met during over forty years as a child advocate. It is not a self-help manual. It is a genre bender that uses science fiction as a backdrop, and if a victim doesn't read that type of book, reading taste could prevent her from hearing the positive message.
To readers who have PTSD, please read beyond the third chapter. The tragedy in the story amplifies the subsequent satiric comedy. There are no actual sex scenes in Rarity from the Hollow. Several book reviewers of the novel have privately disclosed to me that they had been maltreated as children, about the same as one in four adults in the general population. One reviewer publicly disclosed that she was a survivor of rape:
“…As a rape survivor… found myself relating easily to Lacy Dawn… style of writing which I would describe as beautifully honest. Rarity from the Hollow is different from anything I have ever read, and in today’s world of cookie-cutter cloned books, that’s pretty refreshing…taking you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget….” –
If you decide to read Rarity from the Hollow, yes, I hope that your emotions will be triggered. Its mission is to sensitize readers to the huge, world-wide, social problem of child maltreatment through a comical and satiric science fiction adventure. Author proceeds have been donated to child abuse prevention.
"If I could, I would give it all the stars in the universe…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go…." – On My Kindle Review
If you decide not to read Rarity from the Hollow but want to help maltreated children, there are several ways to contribute. There are hundreds of under-funded emergency children’s shelters all over the U.S. Google to find one, and then send an unwrapped anonymous gift to a kid, any size will do because maltreatment comes in all shapes and sizes.
|Publisher & Date:||March 2012 by Dog Horn Publishing|
|Genre:||Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult|
|ISBN:||1907133062 (ISBN13: 9781907133060)|
Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.
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