Title: A Season Without Rain
Author: Joe Schwartz
Length: 348 pages
Release Date: November 2013
Imprint: GMTA Publishing
Jacob Miller is angry with himself, the world, and God. Life
seems so unfair, so cruel, that he can’t imagine why anyone even tries. After
having a nervous breakdown, selling his business, filing for bankruptcy, having
a baby, and finding out he owes over twenty grand in taxes, he is hardly happy
to be alive.
In the span of a year, Jacob will discover three very
important things about life. Things can always be worse. There really is a God.
And if you wait long enough anything can change.
A Season Without Rain explores that gray area between
poverty and middle class life, the struggling underclass for whom there are no
advocates. A powerful story told in a modern, everyday voice that will entrench
readers in Jacob Miller’s black world of anger, hate, resentment, lies, and
A Season Without Rain is Joe Schwartz’s first novel. His
previous short story collections Joe’s Black T-Shirt, The Games Men Play, and
The Veiled Prophet of St. Louis have been acclaimed vulgar as Bukowski and
visceral as Carver. Joe lives and works in St. Louis happily writing stories
exclusively about the Gateway City.
A St. Louis native, I write exclusively about the Gateway
City. I prefer the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction. That is my
stories protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either
illicit or illegal means. I personally prefer stories told through a criminal’s
point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates me so much as the
motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such
actions. Just as I have an expectation of writing to be read I believe that it
is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the
expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a
Life is short. Stories are forever. –Joe
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I got a copy of A Season Without rain from the publisher for an honest review.
I must confess, that this isn’t my genre of choice. I like to help out where I can and started to read A Season without Rain by Joe Schwartz.
But I must also admit, that I wasn’t once not connected to this story. Joe has a gift for telling a story. You feel what his characters feel, your senses goes crazy wild through out this novel. His characters are so well developed and my emotions were up and down the whole time. Joe has done an amazing job with A Season without Rain and I would recommend this to everyone that wants to read something different. I love the cover, for some reason it didn’t speak to me in the beginning but after I finished this novel, it was the right choice.
Love your work, Joe, and I’ll definitely read something of yours again.