If … healing your family meant that you had to relive a part of your life — would you do it?
Jason Gurley took thirteen years to write Eleanor and about half-way through my first reading I understood why. This magnificent tale may have taken over a decade to be ready for print but it is the kind of story that is as timeless as its main character.
Because the genre and plot of Eleanor defies being pigeonholed by the suits in the marketing department of some New York publisher, it makes sense that this one had to be self-published. I have no doubt that Elanor will be snatched up somewhere along the way. Just like John Grisham’s, A Time to Kill, and Ronald Balson’s, Once We Were Brothers, Gurley has written something far too enduring and powerful to be ignored.
Unlike most reviews I write, I haven’t said much about the plot – and for good reason. To shamelessly borrow a cliché, this one defies description. Gurley gladly acknowledges much of what he writes has been called “weepy sci-fi”. However, if you avoid Eleanor either because you don’t like time-travel stories or anything that smacks of romance you will surely miss out on one of the most mesmerizing reads in a while.
Eleanor is not a book you can hurry through. It is filled with mad rushes for answers, life-changing road blocks, and dark nights filled with hopes of a new dawn. At its core, Gurley offers a story that every reader has lived or sought to forget in one way or another.
This author writes outside of the box much like Dean Koontz did in his recent Innocence and The City. The two writers have much in common – they write powerful prose and create memorable characters. Koontz wrote in his early years under a number of pen names before 400 million copies in print ensured it doesn’t matter how hard it is to classify his latest work.
It is more than refreshing to see a relatively new writer like Gurley skip the middle man and go straight to bold and creative before some acquisition editor condemned something as creative as Elanor to the slush pile.
Jason Gurley is the author of the bestsellers Eleanor and Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World and the novels of the Movement trilogy. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Max Allan Collins, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. He lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Check out this insightful interview with Jason from Huff Post Books.