Exuberance - A Novel
“Hi, Elena,” she says to the mirror. “I have been waiting for you.”
As the city of Sydney gears up for the 2000 Olympic games, Angelica Fletcher’s life unravels.
It begins when, dissatisfied with her conventional life, she invents a feisty alter ego named Elena. Soon the line between reality and imagination blurs, and the repercussions ripple through those around her.
Her husband Jimmy is thrust into a tumultuous journey as he grapples with Angie’s sudden exuberance. Her new friend Sinead finds solace in Angie’s vibrant persona, but is unaware of her inner struggles. Norah’s delicate stability shatters when her daughter's wild antics resurrect a haunting past.
Angie is making the best of her borrowed life, but how long can this last before she uncovers who Elena really is?
With intelligence and sensitivity, this novel explores the complexities of living with a mental health condition, the transformative power of healing, and the need for balance and authenticity in our lives.
Where to buy it:
Exuberance will be available as eBook (A$5.99) and paperback (A$21.50 + shipping) in October 2023 - watch this space for links to outlets where you can purchase it!
Or you can purchase Exuberance directly from this website for A$15.80 plus A$5.70 postage Australia-wide. Pre-order your copy now!
If you are overseas, please order the eBook (delivered directly to your device) or the paperback from one of the outlets soon to be listed above.
Praise for Exuberance:
5 out of 5 - 'A wonderful journey of the power of the human mind'
I loved this book. It is full of real heart and feeling for the trauma of mental illness and how it touches a whole family in their struggle to recalibrate their lives after Angie (the book's heroine) is diagnosed with bi-polar. There is humour and warmth as well as the realistic darkness of the journey for Angie as a wife, daughter and friend.
(Amazon.com Customer Review)
5 out of 5 - 'Spellbinding'
Wow - what an amazing story! I could not put it down... The story although light hearted was full of meaning and your heart went out to the main character and her family.
(Amazon Australia Customer Review)
5 out of 5 - 'An excellent read'
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I cared for the characters and wanted them all to do well... I have a better understanding of mental illness as it became clear it was not so fearful.
(Amazon UK Customer Review)
5 out of 5 - 'Entertaining and uplifting'
This book offers a fascinating insight into bipolar mood disorder and how it affects not just Angie, but everyone whose life is touched and changed by the sudden manifestation of Angie's illness... At the same time, it tells an entertaining, uplifting tale with plenty of twists. (Goodreads Review)
4 out of 5 - 'Interesting and insightful'
An interesting and insightful story about mental illness and the impact on everyday life. A great read for anyone who enjoys the world created by the written word or for anyone trying to understand mental illness with a light, meaningful message.
(Smashwords Customer Review)