Nora, a twenty-something insurance processor Monday thru Friday and a full share on the weekends. But she’s not your typical party girl. Sure she goes through the binge drinking motions, but she has a layer of disquiet just beneath the surface that would bubble over if she didn’t have a quip at the ready to deflect anyone that gets too close. But it’s summer, at the shore and there’s plenty to distract her with a gaggle of full and half shares clamoring for attention and space. In the mix is her old college crush and plenty of eye candy. When I say plenty I mean there was enough for a different guy for every day of the week. My head was on a swivel wondering who was the guy. The male leads that stood out for me were Tank and Jack Randall. They are both equally charming and engaging but two completely different types. But a love triangle this is not. Without a hint of sappy sentiment, this unique study in interpersonal relations is chock full of banter, intrigue and profound thought that makes my post-grad years seem shoddy in comparison.
Why Nora seems stuck on pause is at the crux of this yarn. She’s a bit of sycophant to her sorrow and a keeper of commodity. She doesn’t see the purpose of letting go, not of her momma drama nor her virtuous nature. It shrouds her in such a way that it almost suffocates her. Thank goodness for those ocean breezes as it opens her up to all sorts of possibilities.
Layered and nuanced Full Share perfectly relays what it is like to want to branch out but not sure how to. However, there is no sad sack saga here. All of the characters are so richly rendered it reads like more like a journal vice fiction. Nonetheless, I feel so close to this story and these characters I couldn’t help but fall in love with all of them. And yes there are a lot of them. Too many to keep track of at times and some come and go with nary a “by your leave.” Ergo Nora’s relationship with her mother and the motivation for why she got a full share in the first place is largely unresolved. While I wish that Nora and her mom settled their relationship, it will make you cherish your mom all the more and denounce the treachery of unrepentant French teachers.
Yes, summer has started and what better way than by spending it at the shore. Whether you’re spending your summer at the beach, by the pool, or toiling until quitting time you can appreciate Full Share. Full of so much depth, melancholy, and passion as to make this cynic weep with the beauty of it. While Nora is still a bit of an enigma, I loved this story for the believability and relatability. Don’t wait, get your Full Share now!
About the Author
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
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