by Jackie Townsend
Two sisters on the verge escape to the movies.
Sisters are meant to always be there for each other, or are they? In the glare of reality, clashing views and acts of betrayal can work to form unbridgeable gaps, and the fabric of sisterly love must be delicately rewoven from whole cloth. Reel Life charts the story of redheaded sisters Betty and Jamie, who must call upon the past to forge a new and meaningful connection for the future. With iconic moments of contemporary cinema driving the narrative thread, this absorbing work will cut straight to the heart and reveal the intricate, complex emotions that come together to form a family. Exploring themes of motherhood, body image, ambition and love, this tender, deeply affecting tale of two sisters offers a poignant close-up of this most intimate of relationships, which can both haunt and heal. Surging with drama that is interlaced with subtle irony, Reel Life illuminates how, sometimes, escaping reality can be the clearest path to emotional truth.
The idea for Reel Life came to the author upon leaving a theater with her sister one evening years ago. Something was different, as if the universe had been slightly altered. Perhaps they disagreed about the film later, over drinks, or laughed about it, she doesn't remember. Just the thought, leaving the bar, that if you could piece together all the movies the sisters had ever seen together, you could write the story of their lives.
You can visit her website, www.jackietownsend.com, to learn more about the author, read a chapter, or visit her Reel Blog, where she delves deeper into this notion of how movies and the movie going experience can impact our personal relationships.
Thank you Jackie for being this week's Author Spotlight!