Book Talk & Signing: Abundance, a novel by Michael Fine, M.D.

Dr. Fine will be reading from his new novel, Abundance, on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at FOSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

BOOK REVIEW:

Liberia, a nation of four to four and a half million people in West Africa, is about the same size as the US state of Tennessee. It is a place of many languages and many communities.

In 1989, Liberia entered a long period of brutal civil wars, which lasted until 2003. The years between 1989 and 2003 were years of unimaginable cruelty in Liberia, years of murder, rape, dismemberment, and chaos.

Two young Americans go to Liberia in 2003, looking to find something missing in themselves. They find one another, are separated by war, and then struggle to find one another again. Abundance is the story of that struggle, but also about what’s missing in America, about starvation in the midst of plenty and about our struggle to be one people despite the many temptations that pull us apart.

Abundance is a powerful first novel, an epic stretching from the civil wars of Liberia to the streets of Rhode Island.  It’s about the violence we practice on each other and the power of humanity to overcome it.  A joy to read.

From www.michaelfinemd.com, a review by  Paul J. Stekler  Emmy award winning political documentary filmmaker