Lenore Skomal's spellbinding narrative is told primarily from the hospital bed of protagonist Jude Black, who plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a life wasted--hers. Pregnant and in a coma, she lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital, being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows the father of her baby--a fact that baffles her closest friend, Frances, the only one who knows of Jude's homosexuality and reclusive lifestyle. Jude and her baby become the focal point of this poignantly-crafted mystery, which threatens to reveal everyone's deceptions. And make no mistake, everyone involved is lying. The decision must be made to pull the plug and essentially end Jude's life or keep her on life-sustaining equipment in the hopes that she will regain consciousness mother her child.
Essential human questions such as the morality of suspending life support, the viability and consciousness of those in altered states and when exactly death occurs are also woven into this novel. Several shocking plot twists are artfully sewn into the fabric of this literary novel to keep the reader riveted. While embroidered with the intricacies of subplots, at the core of is the study of a tragically misunderstood woman who finds peace, acceptance, understanding and even love on her deathbed. In the end, the bluff is revealed and readers are satisfied knowing that justice is served. Almost. You won't be able to put this book down.
"From the first few pages of Bluff, we were hooked. Lenore Skomal keeps you guessing and wanting more. The characters have stayed with us and we can't wait for a sequel!"
- Blue Stockings Society
“Bluff raises vital questions about the nature of our human spirit. This compelling story is a must read. You won’t be able to put this book down."
- Sylvia Browne, bestselling author & spiritual teacher
“Lenore Skomal is a powerful writer and a big talent. Her words will stir your heart.”
- Al Zuckerman, author & founder, Writer’s House: A Literary Agency, New York City
about the author:
winner of multiple awards for blogging, literature, biography and humor, Lenore Skomal's catalogue spans many genres. with 30 years of writing experience, over 17 books published and a daily blog, the consistent themes in her work are the big issues the human experience and adding depth and voice to the intricacies involved in living a multi-dimensional existence. Skomal has won several Society of Professional Journalist Awards, Whidbey Island Writer's Conference honorable mention for best fiction, Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Fiction Contest, New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, and the Next Generation Indie Book Award for humor. from journalism, to literary fiction, to humor and biography, Skomal's writing is consistent, if not in genre, then in message.
as a member of the world community, Skomal is excited by the opportunities presented in today's publishing climate. now, not only can she spend her time traveling internationally and experiencing cultural events like a Lakota Sweat Lodge, she shares these experiences directly with her readers in hopes of resonating with them and underscoring that no one is alone.
in addition to writing, Lenore is an engaging public speaker with over 1000 public engagements, book tours and writing seminars. she has taught college journalism, has one son, and when not off gallivanting from Egypt to Mongolia she resides with her husband in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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