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Lacy Dawn is a 13-year-old girl living in poverty with her parents. Her dad Dwayne hits her and her mom with a switch. It doesn’t take much to set him off and Lacy spends most of her time trying not to get a beating. Lacy’s family and her friends are the kind of poor that get assistance, have welfare checks and scrape by with minimal food on the table. She’s a smart kid and learns all she can from the trees and her friend dotcom. Her friend dotcom has a ship hidden in the cave in the hollow near Lacy’s home.
Now this is where the story takes a strange and wacky turn. Lacy befriends an android named Dotcom who is from some far away planet. She somehow gets him to help ‘fix’ her parents so that her dad Dwayne isn’t a broken mess. She plugs in a cord from dotcoms space ship that runs across the hollow into her parents heads. She, only being barely a teen, decides she wants to marry Dotcom the android from who knows where. Of course this works perfectly and her parents are now the best ever, in comparison to how the story begins. Her dad takes some fantastic job that he seems far from qualified for.
Then the fairy tale becomes even stranger as Lacy is offered a job on the home planet of Dotcom. Lacy and her dad travel to the other end of space and go on shopping…what??! Rarity from the Hollow is definitely a children’s story, it’s like a strange Disney movie mixed with the oddities of Beetle juice. The story moves in odd directions and has the feel of a fairy tale with some strange social commentary. Maybe this is how life works in the hollow with teens who want to get married. The whole story was strange and I don’t know who the story is targeted towards.
Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Release date: November 28th, 2015
Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.
Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.
Yes, all in one book.
Robert Eggleton, biography
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.