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Can a man write strong women contemporary heroines . . . and in Gothic-Romance style?
Cambridge, MA—Sometimes, in the book industry, it's good to break all the rules. What rules? How about these:
Kepler Press's debut offering, Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter by Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, breaks all of these. Mixing a complex modern love story with a well-researched historical saga of 300 years ago, Kaplan-Maxfield takes on this set of issues in a stunning fourth novel.
Forty-year-old Nikki Helmik, single mother and high-powered Boston lawyer, returns to her childhood home in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She immediately falls in love with Philip, son of the beautiful and cruel Rose Eveless, Nikki’s childhood mentor—and present enemy.
Yet, it's Rose who sets Nikki on the life-changing search for the diary of her ancestor, Anne Cleves…a Druid princess and shape-shifter of the original 17th-century settlement.
Kaplan-Maxfield, a veteran professor of writing and literature at Boston College and Tufts University, deftly handles the two very different styles of writing.
Nikki, the contemporary protagonist:
And Anne, the ancient priestess:
Kaplan-Maxfield describes his new work as "a story that attempts to overcome what is often considered a literary curse in America—our inability to write a novel that concerns mature love. My attempt in writing Memoirs is to try to move us beyond the war of the sexes into a new way of seeing one another, not as opponents in love and relationships but rather as friends and partners.”Title: Memoirs of a Shape-Shifter
Author: Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield
ISBN 0971377030, LCCN 03 1079386
6x9 hardcover , $25
Pub. date: October 1, 2005