John Holland, the author of the Heartland books, grew up in the Australian outback. His poems are about life and the question of where we fit into an uncertain universe.. I am glad to find his review of my novel, Apart From Love:
Apart From Love is a fascinating insight into the human condition and all the tortured webs we, who are all too human, weave.
Ms Poznansky populates her novel with sharply etched characters. Ben and Anita form a spine for the story, but Ben’s father Lenny hovers behind everything that happens. He is the puppet master I think. The others dance on his strings without always being aware of that fact.
Anita is Lenny’s young wife and Ben’s stepmother. They are strongly attracted to each other and Lenny manipulates the situation for his own ends. One of those ends concerns a novel Lenny is writing, but there seems (to me) to be more than the writing of a novel concerning Lenny. He wants to be in complete control of the situation.
Ms Posnansky brings all the characters to life with a skilful hand. To me this is essentially a novel about life and real people involved in what is a plausible triangle. This is a book that explores a lot of what happens to real people thrust into an unplanned circumstance.
The writer displays great clarity of thought and maturity of spirit. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to read an intelligent book.