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Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage Reviewed By Sandra Shwayder Sanchez
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Sandra Shwayder Sanchez

Reviewer Sandra Shwayder Sanchez: Sandra is a retired attorney and co-founder of a small non-profit publishing collective: The Wessex Collective with whom she has published two short fiction collections (A Mile in These Shoes and Three Novellas) and one novel, Stillbird.

Her most recent novel, The Secret of A Long Journey is soon to be released by Floricanto Press in April 2012 and her first novel, The Nun, originally published by Plain View Press in 1992 is being  reissued in a 2nd Edition with additional material by PVP in March 2012.


 
By Sandra Shwayder Sanchez
Published on May 8, 2013
 

Author: Bruce Littlefield

ISBN: 9781480050815



Author: Bruce Littlefield

ISBN: 9781480050815

 

Life is filled with daily difficulties and frustrations that can move us to complain, curse, even, on occasion, cry, but sharing our stories and realizing everyone experiences these inevitable events can make us laugh and as we’ve all heard and maybe sometimes even realized, laughter is the best medicine. 

Bruce Littlefield has mastered the art of putting the fun in dysfunctional. Reading his book is like sitting down with old friends to shoot the breeze and share a few laughs.. Reading his book you might want to call friends to read portions of it out loud and laugh out loud together. Reading his book you’ll feel like you’ve made a new friend.

This book will not only get you laughing but will take you on a few trips down memory lane. Not every reader will have experienced every event described herein but it’s a good bet that every reader will have experienced one or some of these events.

Fender benders, flight delays, roof repairs that leave the garden destroyed, skunks in the basement (seriously), miscommunications, the faulty pilot light that singes the eyebrows, bee-stings and poison ivy are among the problems the author manages to make light of while delivering the deeper lesson that not only is laughter the best medicine but love makes life, with all its risks, worthwhile.

The author has a talent for playing with words by playing on words and that could explain his professed difficulty with learning a second language (clearly it would be difficult to be satisfied with learning just the basics of a second language when your skill with the first language is so far advanced).

Toward the end, the journey takes a turn from the universal to the unique when the author is confronted by an allegedly dangerous fugitive and offers the man advice that probably saves his life. At this point the reader moves from laughter to joyful tears of appreciation. You have to love this guy. You have to love this book that delivers a lofty message on the wings of laughter: the importance of love. Now its time to let the author speak for himself:

If you’ve ever been in a relationship, ours probably seems very familiar. Yes we may be a gay couple, but our life really isn’t that different. Our lawn still needs to be cut, just like yours. Our dog barks, eats and poops just like yours. And our washing machine breaks the week after the warranty expires, just like yours. In fact, except for the prejudices we face (and that we can both use the same publc bathroom), a “gay” relationship isn’t really all that different than a “straight” relationship. Why? As any heart will tell you: love is love is love.” (p. 232) and as far is this reader is concerned it doesn’t get any better than that. 


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