From Venus by Ed Brodow
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Women From Venus, a collection of four short novels by
Ed Brodow, was awarded the 2012 Wolterding Prize for Fiction.
Women From Venus
Psychologist Robert Elgar's career as a debunker of alien abductions is
taking off with a highly publicized appearance on the Charlie Rose TV
interview show. The universe plays a colossal trick on Elgar as he meets
and falls in love with Arabella Sedgwick, a beautiful, sophisticated Englishwoman
who turns out to be an abductee. Dr. John Swanson of Harvard, a supporter
of alien abductions and Elgar's nemesis, convinces Arabella to charge
Elgar with rape while under hypnosis. Suddenly Elgar's life is in crisis.
Arabella retains a high-profile Los Angeles attorney, Elgar is arrested
and placed on trial, the press has a field day with the story, and all
seems lost in this psychological thriller.
The Man Who Could Not Make Up His Mind
Clifford Day Vanderwall, a Wasp who attended Princeton and The Wharton
School, has a trust fund, a nifty job at IBM, and a spacious apartment
on Manhattan's Upper East Side. What's wrong with this picture? Clifford
cannot make decisions. At a society mixer, he meets fortune hunter Shirley
Horner. They are perfectly matched: Clifford is a born victim and Shirley
is a born predator. After manipulating Clifford into marriage, Shirley
quits her job and begins an affair with a rich Portuguese playboy. Lacking
the ability to make up his mind, Clifford appears to be doomed in this
outrageous satire about love among New York's upper crust.
The year is 1975 and time is marching on but Tommy Courten is stuck in
the past. He is unable to escape the violence he experienced as a US Marine
in Vietnam. Suddenly Tommy's life is thrown into chaos when his baby sister
is murdered and the prime suspect escapes to a South American jungle.
Refusing to accept the failure of the police and the FBI, Tommy embarks
on a lone manhunt to bring the psychopathic killer to justice. He tracks
the man to a remote area of Colombia that is controlled by the drug mafia
and indigenous tribal people. When he and the killer finally come face-to-face,
Tommy is shocked by what he discovers about his own true nature and the
path to personal redemption. Based on a sensational 2007 murder case.
I'll Take Manhattan
The modern-day descendants of the Lenape Indians have proof that their
tribe is the rightful owner of Manhattan Island and they want it back.
As government and private business interests attempt to block the tribe's
pursuit of justice, Melvin Van Zipper, a lawyer with an abysmal track
record and tragically low self-esteem, is manipulated into representing
the tribe. After a brilliant defense of the Lenape in a criminal court
case, Melvin falls in love with the tribe's beautiful spokeswoman, loses
a series of appeals in Federal Court, and goes on a self-reproachful drunken
binge. Desperately hoping to redeem himself with the love of his life,
Melvin risks everything on a final appeal to the Supreme Court in this
delightful legal comedy.
Reviews of Women From Venus
has a way of drawing the reader into his fiction world without any chance
of release until the very last page is reached. His novels are fascinating,
suspenseful, and I highly recommend anything that the author has written.
His books are the perfect solution for a winter weekend in front of the
fire!" (Five Stars)
Readers Favorite/Brenda Ballard
"Good reads told with a tongue-in-cheek sense of
humor and crafted with an appealing voice. Fast-paced, [The Man Who Could
Not Make Up His Mind] is the strongest of Brodow's stories, one that leaves
the reader cheering for the protagonist."
"Ed Brodow has written a crisp, intense
story [The Stamp].
This is exceptionally well written and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it."
Allbooks Review/Elaine Fuhr
"Ed had a lot to live up to after I read
Fixer and loved it! He did not disappoint with these four short stories.
In fact, I didnít want the stories to end, I wanted them to continue! The
stories twist and turn in the end and what you think is going to happen
or should happen, doesnít. My favorite was I'll Take Manhattan."
"Decisions we make may change our lives
irrevocably. Women from Venus is a collection of short fiction from Ed Brodow
as he presents many stories of people with serious decisions ahead of them
and the aftermath of facing such realities. Women from Venus explores many
intriguing ideas and is much recommended reading."
Midwest Book Review/Susan Bethany
"An amalgamation of off-beat stories reading
like one-act Broadway plays. It's as if Brodow said/wrote out loud '...what
would happen if...?' and then takes us on a roller-coaster ride of the most
unlikely possibilities you could ever imagine. The stories are often absolutely
hilarious and equally pretty damn intense and page-turning exciting."
Cara Wilson Granat, author of Love Otto:
The Legacy of Anne Frank
"If you are looking for something to read
that is off the wall from the plethora of novels that fill the bookshelves,
this book from Ed Brodow should go a long way in filling the bill. The stories
are all interesting and well constructed and the characters are well developed."
J. Guild, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
"The Man Who Could Not Make Up His Mind
weaves a very human tale which is both poignant and engaging. The opening
is absolutely captivating. A worthwhile read for those enjoying contemporary
Allbooks Review/Terence Ward