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Leslie by Richard Matturro

I love a good road trip. I’ve been back and forth across our country several times. Texas, New Mexico, Washington. All by car. There’s something mythic about hopping in the car and driving, with or without a destination. My trips are thought out in advance but I always allow for the unexpected, the serendipitous, the Holy Spirit. I may think I know where I’m going, but how I get there is frequently a delightful surprise.

Such is the case for Leslie, the main character of this novel. A librarian at the Troy Public Library, she is restless and searching. Her Greek heritage almost compels her to set out on an ancestral odyssey. Her regrets of the past haunt her. Her situation in Troy is unfulfilling. The road beckons. World invites her to discover the destiny that seems to elude her.

It’s a perfect summer read. Delightful and engaging. Not nearly as daunting as the original Odyssey that it mimics. But this book is sure to please the beach reader, those who love the local connection (Troy, NY) and you are are waiting for that sign to start your own journey. Maybe this is it!

(This is the second of a trilogy about the Albany, Troy, Schenectady area. The first book in the trilogy is Luna, set in Albany, NY.)

Stay tuned, we’re going to try to plan an author signing with Mr. Matturro.

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