Sunday, August 18, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: If Nothing Else, Eve, We've Enjoyed the Fruit by Elaine Pascale

Title: If Nothing Else, Eve, We've Enjoyed the Fruit
Author: Elaine Pascale
Publisher: Withersin Press
Publication Date: February 3rd 2010
Genre: Horror
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What happens when a kept woman refuses to take her ridatemp and begins thinking for herself? In If Nothing Else, Eve, We've Enjoyed the Fruit; she begins talking to bunches of grapes and cantaloupe that convince her to commit murder. Through her visitations with fruit, the woman learns that a gender war can be reversed by traveling back in time and eradicating the Tree of Knowledge and its villainous apples. The fruit persuade her by telling her four other stories:

Boys Will be Boys: A spa is turned into a concentration camp: just don't ride the elevators!

Ripped to Shreds: Pregnant Jody Burkhoff's body is changing rapidly, but not as quickly as the lupine metamorphosis of her husband. First the neighborhood animals are mutilated, then the neighbors are viciously murdered. Which proves to be more dangerous, a monstrous creature or a hormonal woman?

O: Khaki Barlow enters a pageant in which only one woman survives. She must complete tasks that are both mentally and physically daunting, all while trying to learn the meaning of the words left by the eliminated: I am here. Does she face incredible fears? Does a one-legged duck swim in a circle?

The Prison of a Man: Told as an ethnographical project, Lara Thomas researches the deaths of shoppers at a mall embedded in a small town, and encounters the legendary Goat Man.

If Nothing Else (Prologue): Readers learn the final decision in the gender war.

Let’s begin by telling the truth. Truth is different from belief: it is meatier, it has more bite. There is no delight like being proven correct in one’s belief, and no conundrum quite like being proven wrong. Ask any college professor who has been put on the spot by some arrogant post-teen. Ask any researcher who has forsaken friends, family, and faith for decades, all for an elusive hypothesis.

People feel one way about beliefs, mothers feel the opposite. Mothers want the deep-rooted fears that gnaw at them with the bite of a St. Bernard to be refuted. These are the fears and superstitions that they believe about their children, dread that seems so inevitable that an entire life plays out like déjà vu. Mothers know things before they know them. Call it intuition, call it perception, call it anything but true.

The desire to be proven wrong, the desire to slip into denial, can be powerful stuff. And when belief becomes truth, that is when the gates of Hell swing open widely.

The truth is: Jody Burkoff’s husband had begun to change.
Elaine Pascale has been writing for most of her life. She took a break from fiction in order to give birth to two children and complete a doctoral dissertation. She lives on Cape Cod, MA, with her husband, son and daughter. She teaches a variety of courses at a private university in Boston: from English Composition and Communications to a Vampire Seminar. Her writing has been published in Allegory Magazine, Dark Fire Magazine, and several anthologies. She is the author of If Nothing Else, Eve, We've Enjoyed the Fruit, and is also the author of the nonfiction book: Metamorphosis: Identity Outcomes in International Student Adaptation--A Grounded Theory Study. She enjoys a robust full moon, chocolate, and collecting cats.

Sit Coms and Short Stories
by Elaine Pascale
I believe my propensity for the short story was born from my childhood love of sit coms. There was something reassuring about the fact that problems could be solved in a half hour—or less if you factor commercials—without the need for follow-up or re-visitations. The story arc is easily replicable regardless of genre, and even though we all tamper with it in our own ways, the basics of that arc can be found in most successful stories.

It is satisfying to be able to write and edit a short story. When revising, you can look at it as a whole: you can grasp the big picture. I easily grow bored with my writing, thus the short story (and flash fiction) works well with my attention span.

The story in If Nothing Else, Eve, We’ve Enjoyed the Fruit that varies the most from the sit com story arc template is “The Prison of a Man.” That story is modeled after the researcher part of my life. At the time, I had been working on an extensive Grounded Theory project and I was reflecting on how this style of research related to my love of storytelling, as the theory is basically born from the interwoven stories the participants tell the researcher. This then led me to think about truth and perspective. If we view situations from our personal perspectives, agendas, and experiences, does that mean that one person’s telling holds more truth than others? Or are all perspectives essentially true if they are told with as much honesty as our personal filters allow?

The Goat Man is a character that was whispered about when I was growing up. We knew where he lived, and there were various theories about his existence. Some of us felt sorry for him, others feared him, but we all saw him through our own lens. He appears differently in “The Prison of a Man” than the way I had come to know him as a child, and it was fun playing with the variety of ways that the characters viewed him.
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12 comments:

  1. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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  2. Interesting cover. I like the snake coiling around the end. Bet that prop didn't last long.

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  3. I like the cover.

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  4. Hook sounds like an awesome read.

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  5. I like the cover-thanks

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  6. the story sounds intriguing.

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  7. The book sounds interesting and the cover is eye catching.

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  8. This sounds like a really interesting read! The cover is intriguing ❤

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  9. This looks like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I look forward to reading this. I enjoyed this post.

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