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Kennedy Era Lives on: Summerland Publishing Releases "Sea Change: the Uncertain Realm of the Married" by California Author Patsy Garlan

Lompoc, CA, February 13, 2012 --( “Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married,” a novel of awakening by Patsy Garlan, is riding a wave. The public’s fascination with the tumultuous Kennedy era and the President’s assassination in November 1963 is evident in the popularity of such books as MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews’ biography, “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero,” of TV series like “Mad Men” and “Pan Am,” of Jackie Kennedy’s personal take on the period, and even of suspense-writer Stephen King’s re-take.

“Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married” -- the title of this charming novel speaks for itself. Focusing the turbulence of the Kennedy era in the lives and loves of a family on a two-week Hawaiian vacation, and ending just before Kennedy’s death, it evokes the era as if it were today, with its gay rights issues, civil rights and women’s rights concerns, bitter squabbles among political factions, general distress over an unpopular war, demonstrations of public unrest, and student revolts. The decade, like ours, is on the tremulous cusp of change.

The main character, Katherine Somerset, is a lovely woman married to a rich, charming man, with three well-behaved children and seemingly everything an educated, cultivated woman in her thirties could wish for. Yet, unaccountably dissatisfied, she begins to realize that she is just skimming the surface of her life and that perhaps there is another, deeper self, waiting to emerge. In Hawaii, amid the delights of golf, tennis and sailing, of lavish wining and dining, she falls under the spell of two totally inappropriate people—a beguiling brother and sister who compete in her seduction—and finds herself on a compelling, frightening journey of self-discovery.

This is about love, yes, and about passion—but it’s also about life, and it’s about a huge deep change in American life and values and assumptions and power structure and everything that is just, just about to start, and to start with a very violent jolt... It’s deep, it’s interesting, its ambitiously framed, both psychologically and historically—but at heart it is about love. And what isn’t?

Today, when our world is again undergoing great change, there is a familiar resonance in Sea Change for thoughtful readers of all stripes. After all, our era is the backdrop of all our stories. The conflict is one of reason and passion—in a period of complex, even chaotic, social and sexual mores, where the options are not only either/or, but sometimes both/and. Sea Change has a particular poignancy for those who may be questioning the rightness of their marriage. Or exploring who they are and what they may discover within the reality of their own awakening.


“Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married”
by Patsy Garlan
ISBN: 978-0-9837923-3-8, $16.95

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