GENRE: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
6,000 words; Excerpt; Chapter One of a 100,000 - 140,000 word novel, most of which is written, but not yet polished.
In the late summer, 1992, an artist and a married woman meet at a Corcoran exhibit in which he is featured. The woman’s husband, a career diplomatic service professional, is about to learn that he will be in the Far East for a year. The story of the affair continues for 1000 weeks, almost twenty years, although the affair itself is over—except for occasional rendezvous—after the only year they have together. It is a story of obsessive love, and how it effects their lives. It includes paranormal and spiritual aspects that characterize the timeless nature of their union. Told from the artist’s point of view, the tale unfolds in alternate chapters, a flashback week, followed by a contemporaneous week.
The woman cannot forget her lover, but cannot leave her husband. Defying a fundamental precept of Romance writing, in the end, the lovers are not united, which seems enough to condemn this work to the contemporary fiction heaps. The career diplomat leaves the State Department and is elected to Congress, which ultimately eliminates any possibility . . . The artist is condemned to search for her in every crowd and fantasize about finding her, if not in reality, in a surrogate, or in another world. A final misunderstanding breaks all contact, and the earthly saga ends with the artist’s death and an unobserved afterlife visitation.
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