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Paxson’s passion

Good friend of the blog, Mark Paxson, has a new book out, everyone. It’s called The Dime, and it tells the story of three young people in an upstate New York town who are thrust into having to fend for themselves, thanks to both tragedy and the failures of the adults who should have taken care of them.

Here’s the setup: 

Ten years after their parents’ deaths, Lily, now 20, is a cashier at the local Five and Dime, a job provided as charity and pity so she can support herself and her sister Sophie, a socially withdrawn 16-year-old in a wheelchair. Lily desperately wants her sister to have a normal high school experience but Sophie is increasingly uninterested in the world. That is, until Lily catches a shoplifter and concocts a plan to help Sophie.

Pete is the new kid in town. On his 16th birthday, just another day to his parents, Pete decides to help himself to something from the Five and Dime. His plan goes wrong when Lily see his theft and stops him. Rather than put Pete in cuffs, Lily instead offers a trade – he can keep what he stole and she won’t tell, as long as he takes Sophie to the upcoming school dance. 

I was lucky enough to see this project in an earlier phase, while Mark was developing it, and I also got to proofread the final. I know the blood, sweat, and tears he’s put into this baby, and I know his commitment to it. It’s so gratifying to see this book come to fruition. 

Anyone who’s read Mark’s other work knows that you can count on vivid and passionate writing and a lot of drama propelling the story. And in this book he dips into several different first-person points of view to highlight the action from a variety of angles. He’s adept at getting into the heads of each of the characters, including a disabled teenage girl, her a 20-year-old sister, and a middle-aged woman. He understands his people thoroughly. 

Kirkus Reviews says of the book: “Paxson’s slice-of-life novel presents an unusual kind of found family in a story that’s character-driven and compelling.”

You can download the Kindle version for $4.99, or order the paperback for $9.99.

Help a friend of the blog out and get your copy today

One comment on “Paxson’s passion

  1. kingmidget
    June 26, 2021

    Merci.

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