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Lives Shaken, Stirred and Strained in Aftershock, 1989 San Francisco Earthquake Novel

Three survivors of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake must survive each other, in this dramatic, funny and harrowing novel.

Watsonville, CA, March 10, 2018 --( The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake changed—and ended—many Bay Area lives. There were heroes, there were villains, and there were many people shaken (at first, literally) to the core. A huge event like that can throw lives together in startling ways, and that’s the subject of a new self-published novel, Aftershock, published by The Write Word Publishing.

Aftershock is the story of three earthquake survivors who must then survive each other. They are a scheming would-be novelist, his prim, closet-alcoholic boss and a discerning homeless veteran have their fates thrown together by the 1989 S.F. earthquake. The distinct first-person voice of the schemer, and that of the homeless veteran and the secret alcoholic make for an at times rollicking, at times sad collision of lives. Their interplay is disastrous, surprising, and richly human. Through the fragile fault lines of these rocky relationships runs humor, loss and longing for connection.

PDF copies of the novel are available upon request.

The story is based on San Francisco at the time of the quake: aspects touch on homelessness, the AIDS crisis and the rich culture and setting of the city itself.

The Write Word Publishing is also the publisher of a how-to book on finding and cultivating the writer’s voice, Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See.

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