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  • Indigo Sea Press 3:56 pm on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A Retrospect in DeathFeatured author of the day: J. Conrad Guest

    Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “After 60 years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it.” While John Oxenham wrote: “For death begins with life’s first breath; and life begins at touch of death.”

    A Retrospect in Death is a story about discovery. You think you know yourself? Perhaps you only think you do. Do those closest to us know us better than we know ourselves; or do they, as we often insist, know jack? Consider that only in death can you really know, and understand, who and why you are—or were. And then ask yourself: At that point, is it too late? Does it even matter?

    Darker than any of J. Conrad Guest’s previous novels, while also more humorous, it portends not only a search for the meaning of life, but also seeks to determine why we are as we are: prewired at conception, or the product of our environment?

    Click here to read the first chapter of A RETROSPECT IN DEATH: http://secondwindbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/a-retrospect-in-death-by-j-conrad-guest/

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  • Indigo Sea Press 3:52 pm on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mini Interview with J. Conrad Guest, Author of A RETROSPECT IN DEATH

    Second Wind: What inspired you to write this particular story?

    J. Conrad Guest: What inspired me was a desire to write something that was more honest than anything I’d written before, along with a fascination with death. Although I’ve not yet reached 60 years, I relate to Oliver Wendell Holmes’s adage: “After 60 years the stern sentence of the burial service seems to have a meaning that one did not notice in former years. There begins to be something personal about it.” Our society fears death, when it is the most natural thing in life. And while the health care industry frets over which disease is the leading cause of death, I’ve always felt it was birth. Or as John Oxenham wrote: “For death begins with life’s first breath; and life begins at touch of death.”

     
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