Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Title: A Song for Julia
Author: Charles Sheehan - Miles
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Publication Date: 12/5/2012

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy. 

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Find out more at http://www.sheehanmiles.com

I became a fan of Charles Sheehan-Miles after I read "Just Remember to Breathe".  The emotions that this man is able to pull from me within the first few pages of the book astounds me.  This is the second book about the Thompson sisters, but they can be read in any order.

Julia is the oldest Thompson daughter, a buttoned-up prim and proper Harvard student, and organizer of an anti-war rally in Washington D. C.  Crank Wilson is the lead singer of Morbid Obesity, one of the bands playing at this same rally.  In Julia, Crank sees something he can't resist.  With Crank, Julia senses the freedom she has been longing for.

Julia's father is a retired U. S. Ambassador and she has lived in many countries and speaks several languages.  Crank's father is a Boston policeman separated from Crank's mom who left when Crank was 16 years old.  They couldn't be more different, but somehow they fill in all of the cracks in each other.

Crank and Julia tease, torment, and terrify each other, but they keep coming back for more.  They have one of the most real relationships that I've read in a long time.  They have ups and downs that make sense.  They push and stretch each other and it's not always comfortable, but it's always right.

5 out of 5 stars

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