Chris Katsaropoulos Fragile

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Fragile

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Luminis Books presents this heart-breaking tale of a love lost and three people who will do whatever it takes to bring it back.  
 
In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, the first love who abandoned her more than 50 years ago.
 
A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a secluded life in the hills above Silicon Valley. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he remains shattered by his decision to leave Amelia.
 
While Holly may be the only one who can repair the many-years deep rift between the former lovers, she has demons of her own to contend with. Poverty and the lack of a partner to help raise her young child lead her to suicide, another area of life in which she fails.
 
The stories of Tris, Holly, and Amelia are presented in Fragile as broken fragments, woven together by profound truth and an astonishing connection that transcends the boundaries between this world and the next.
 
LOVE LOST / PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER / SUICIDE / LITERARY FICTION / AGED PROTAGONISTS / ROMANCE / METAPHYSICAL FICTION

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Fragile is a tight, richly-textured literary novel that contrasts the differing points of view of the main characters to startling effect. The passages that describe Amelia's harrowing journey through the afterlife have the feel of a beautifully-flowing lyric poem. This unique voice is made even more astonishing by the sudden juxtaposition with scenes of Tris and Holly in the physical world, struggling with their own problems and oblivious to Amelia's suffering.

The imagery of broken objects that appears throughout the novel helps to develop a sense of surrealism around events that are not quite tragic--but not easily resolved, either. Ultimately, each of the broken characters in Fragile finds their own way to freedom--and wholeness--through what are apparently very tenuous and flawed interactions with the other characters, in the end simply by letting go of the frameworks of old feelings and beliefs that have served to define them.

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Fragile evolved a bit from the time I first started thinking about it, as I suppose all novels or works of art must do. I first started thinking about how our lives are shaped and to some extent constrained by our relationships with others--how we view ourselves within the framework of how others see us. Then I began thinking about how people can only be fragments of their entire selves to other people--and how I could intertwine fragments of the stories of three people who had a relationship with each other. I thought if I could show how these people were defined and involved with each other in very different and sometimes unintentional ways, it would make a quite interesting contrast and development of the characters. Writing Fragile definitely helped me clarify and develop some of my own thinking about the relationships in my life and how people can become constrained by things that have happened in the past. It is a trap that anyone can fall into. Each of the `broken' characters in Fragile finds their own way to freedom--and wholeness--through what are apparently very tenuous and flawed interactions with the other characters, in the end simply by letting go of the frameworks of old feelings and beliefs that have served to define them.

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