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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - The Original 1982 by Lori Carson

The Original 1982


About The Original 1982

• Paperback: 240 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (May 28, 2013)

It’s 1982, and Lisa is twenty-four years old, a waitress, an aspiring singer-songwriter, and the girlfriend to a famous musician. That year, she makes a decision, almost without thinking about it.

But what would have happened if she had chosen differently? Thirty years later, haunted by regret, Lisa revisits her past to reimagine it.

Alternating between two very different possibilities, The Original 1982 is a novel about how the choices we make affect the people we become—and about how the people we are affect the choices we make.

My Thoughts:

Lately I've been reading a lot of books that deal with going back to the past and re-doing any mistakes that have been made.  Lori Carson addresses this issue in her debut novel, "The Original 1982."

Carson takes her character Lisa back to a time when she made a life-altering decision, and has her imagining what would have happened if she had only made a different choice. The storyline deals with some hard subject matters, such as abortion, promiscuous behavior, drug and alcohol usage, but Carson also weaves a fascinating point of view of how life is fragile and how choices can make a huge difference throughout the story.

1982 was a pivotal year for me, it was the year I got married to my best friend Don, so it was interesting to go back in time with this book and remember the era. I also could appreciate the music scene that Carson describes in this novel, as my husband is a musician as well. She captures the time period and the social atmosphere very well here.

"The Original 1982" is not an easy read - in terms of emotions, at least it was for me. But it is captivating at the same time.  If you are looking for a novel that makes you stop and think - this one will definitely fill that bill.

About The Author:

Lori Carson

Lori Carson is a singer-songwriter whose albums includeShelterWhere It GoesEverything I Touch Runs Wild, andAnother Year. A former member of the seminal band The Golden Palominos, she has contributed to the sound tracks of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Keith Gordon’s Waking the Dead, and others. The Original 1982 is her first novel.

Find out more about Lori at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

It must have been interesting for you to read about the year you got married, though I'm sure your 1982 was better than Lisa's...

Thanks for being a part of the tour.