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Beat

Beat

(2009)
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One woman's dream of escape from domestic unhappiness opens up a world of erotic fantasy and danger in this sensuous, suspenseful second novel by Amy Boaz. A wife and mother estranged from her life back in the suburbs of America, Francis has fled to Paris with her mischievous young daughter, Cathy, where they visit museums, sit in cafe's, and rest uneasily incognito. Yet gradually Francis learns they are being followed as events from her recent past catch up with them: Francis's former lover, a poet in Boulder Colorado, has been jailed as a suspect in the disappearance of his common-law wife, and Francis, too, falls under suspicion.

In riveting flashbacks, Francis, who teaches writing and possesses "aspirations," has met the poet Joseph Pasternak at a wedding in Denver. A teacher of Sanskrit poetry, bearded and seductive, Joseph is a kind of troubador in the tradition of Indian nomadic seekers, whose translations from the Sanskrit move Francis with their gorgeous, vivid simplicity. Achingly unhappy in her conventional marriage to a chilly engineer, Francis embarks on an affair with Joseph, oblivious to the wound the lovers are inflicting on Joseph's long time partner, Arlene Manhunter, a half-Native American poet of legendary Beat status who does not take Joseph's infidelity lightly. Indeed her vengeful wrath will pursue Francis and her daughter all the way to Paris and beyond.

In a delicately probing, interior-driven first-person narrative, Beat develops Francis's awakening consciousness. Is her lover Joseph for real or a seduction artist? Does Francis's devotion to the well-being of her daughter --an often perilous task in Paris --exclude her from personal fulfillment and pleasure? And when love goes wrong --of husband, child, lover, self --what price does she have to pay? At turns dreamy and disembodied as poetry, erratic as memory, and as exciting as a mystery, Beat explores the slippery terrain of passion and betrayal.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: Beat
Author(s): Amy Boaz
ISBN: 1-57962-186-4 / 978-1-57962-186-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Permanent Press
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Kindle Editions

August 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Beat
Author(s): Amy Boaz
Publisher: Permanent Press
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