Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 1-3 pm (In-Person)
Congregation Beth David
10180 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA
Vaccinations and masks required
(please be ready to show your vaccination card)
I’ll be doing a short reading, answer questions, and sign books.
Light refreshments will be served. Invite your friends!
Volumes of Pleasure will be selling Cross Body Lead.
E-books are also available on Kindle and Nook
OR Join Me On Zoom:
Monday, January 10, 2022 at 12:30 pm
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How far would you go to right an injustice?
Billie Ochoa teaches Cold War politics and Cuban history at a small liberal arts college across the bay from San Francisco. She is charismatic, unapologetic, resolute. But when one of her students is being stalked and needs her help, Billie has to choose between fighting injustice. Or telling the truth.
Lyrical and poignant, edgy, bold and honest, Cross Body Lead is a story at once cautionary and all too real. Where indifference leads to tragedy, but the ultimate lessons learned are ones of compassion and love.
Here’s what reviewers are saying about Cross Body Lead:
∗∗∗∗∗ As a character, Billie Ochoa is a tour-de-force. She leaps off the page, with so much vitality and energy, especially as the plot goes forward and you can feel her conflicts growing in her attempts to silence her own propensity to dwell.
–Suzannah Eanes (Author of Lucky Southern Women)
∗∗∗∗∗ A young black women is stalked by a classmate, a returning veteran, on a liberal college campus. The repercussions of this action slowly spread across the campus, involving a political science professor, a counselor in student services, the women’s roommates, and student activists. As the tension increases, we follow the action through the eyes those affected. Each acts out of self interest and is blinded by the best of intentions. A skillful novel that asks as my many questions as it answers.
–Kathryn Holzman (Author of Real Estate)
∗∗∗∗∗This is a well-plotted and multi-perspective novel about a case of stalking on a college campus – and its ramifications. We see things not only from the viewpoints of the victim and the stalker, but from a campus psychologist, friends and parents of the victim, police, a political science teacher, activists, and many others.. Axelroth is especially talented at placing figures in an institutional context and in showing how even the best of wills can be stymied or ironic in their consequences. We feel, of course, for the victim but gain some insight, as well, into the stalker.
–George Cotkin (Historian and Author of Dive Deeper and Feast of Excess)