Wanda Shapiro, ne Cook, is a Johnsburg native. Recently, she published her first novel, Sometimes That Happens With Chicken, with an exceptional twist. In the spirit of indie bands, Shapiro has written, edited and published this work without a formal editor or publication house. Her website, www.onegirlonenovel.com, details her truly ambitious quest to go it alone as an author and demonstrates her success to date. Further, she has also made the novel available both for purchase through Amazon.com and for free download from her website.
In Sometimes That Happens With Chicken, Shapiro tells a unique story with intricate interpersonal relationships. Set in Manhattan, the novel examines how many people living in close proximity can live amongst each other and yet still be completely unknown to one another. In the bustle of everyday life, people become disconnected from their neighbors unless something happens which makes their worlds collide. The novel is written in vignettes, spending enough time with each of the eight main characters to build a close rapport with the reader.
Shapiro writes about deeply human issues and displays how one action or one moment can create a maelstrom affecting individuals and families for generations. In one's search to find comfort in a particular point in space and time, one is often unaware of how all the moments that have come before push and pull the individual in certain directions. These moments make us who we are, though they can often go unnoticed. Shapiro's dissection of several common threads of human existence bring the reader through seven women's lives. Their experiences are highly relatable, if somewhat tragic.
Shapiro's style invites the reader into her confidence. While telling the story, she makes little asides just for the reader. Her audience knows more about the characters in the novel than the characters know about each other. The reader is compelled to move forward, curious as to the outcome of the tale and wondering how the characters will fare. One becomes invested in these women's lives, as they are privy to such intensely personal information and events.
Sometimes That Happens With Chicken is a highly enjoyable, often intense and frequently serendipitous read. For more information or to purchase or download this very witty novel, please visit www.onegirlonenovel.com.