Santa Monica, CA, November 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Widely published author and veteran actress of film, stage and television, Diane Sherry Case, today announced the release of her novel, Elephant Milk, published by Miraculous Books. Case’s quirky and rambunctious narrative of a young heroine’s pursuit of her lost lover through a world of drum rolls, lions and Mayan glyphs draws clever parallels between the colorful world of the circus and the notoriously wild Hollywood film industry of the nineteen seventies.
Sean’s adventure begins with her driving the lime green dune buggy that a friend of hers traded from Elvis Presley for angel dust. She has just watched her best friend shoot up heroin while Keith Richards has nodded out behind her on the couch. After parking in Coldwater Canyon and lighting a joint to calm down, Sean discovers a pile of black clothes still soaked in blood. The Tate murders?
It’s 1969 and things are getting intense for Sean.
Her first boyfriend has taken off for Mexico and even though she has no idea where in that vast country he is, she decides she must follow her heart. She joins a travelling circus and has knives thrown at her for a living, faces a loaded machine gun in the hands of her rival, and, still undeterred from finding her lover, goes deep into the Mayan jungle just in time to view a total eclipse from the back of her favorite elephant.
While Case’s narrative continues to pleasantly startle readers with its twists and frequently surreal turns, the novelist also shows the sexual abuse of the nineteen-seventies which was especially prevalent in the film industry. Her keen portrayal of the ease with which women could be taken advantage of at that time gives readers today a comparison point to measure the greater legal protection and the increased awareness of the rights that women now enjoy.
"'A woman’s got to follow her heart,' says Sean, the narrator f Elephant Milk, a novel of growing up, empowerment and wonder. In Sean’s journey Diane Sherry Case has produced a pitch-perfect depiction of the desperation and hopefulness of being young, attractive, and distraught, not just in the glory days of rock and roll, but forever." - Jim Krusoe, Erased
Elephant Milk is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.
ISBN: 978-0-615-38094-0 Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream SRP: $13.95
About the author:
Diane Sherry Case has her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and has taught creative writing to incarcerated teens, private school girls and adults. Bother her fiction and her nonfiction have been widely published in anthologies and journals as well as adapted to stage and film. Highlights of her life include meeting The Beatles, playing Lana Lang in the film Superman and working as the strong man’s assistant in a Mexican circus.
For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/elephantmilk.
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