"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Monday, May 24, 2010

Quicksand by Marilyn Randall

An Interracial Love Story
This is a love story written in first person narrative about Natalie, 63, an artist/author who recently lost her husband to cancer after a long and debilitating illness.  After some time she decides to try online dating to meet someone new, she exchanges emails, and "flirt messages" with a few different men.  She is totally drawn to Randy, a black man who is eleven years her junior and they fall deeply in love.  Love and lust are not the only things building in this relationship.  Difficulties due to the interracial factor, the age difference and Randy's anger issues keep this a truly bumpy romance. The author intertwines some very powerful and beautiful poetry throughout this story which gives the reader a peek of just how deeply she feels about this relationship. 

The poetry and prose was wonderful, the story was satisfactory, but I do have to say a lot of the problems in this relationship could be attributed to any relationship, having nothing to do with the race of either party.  Randy may have loved Natalie, but he thoroughly took advantage of her.  They lived on entirely separate sides of the United States (Washington and Florida) and Natalie paid for everything, his airfare to see her, all the trips they took, hotel, gas, food, his clothes, everything.  He started out as a gentleman, opening doors for Natalie, etc., but as the relationship grew in time, he didn't even walk next to her, walking far ahead, losing her many times and then was angry because she wasn't keeping up with him.  Lastly, the very first time he put his hands on her in anger that would have been it for me, but she kept going back.  She claimed he made her so happy.  I feel she deserved someone so much better.  I think there were a few times race may have played a part of his anger, but it was not the major issue.  The ending was indeed a surprise.

Yes, I liked this book, the poetry saved it.  The story could have been about any couple.  If you want to read some truly powerful poetry, this is a wonderful book, the story was okay and as I said above the ending was quite surprising.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Bostick Communications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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