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New York City-based wordsmith, A. Scott Boddie has a flair for writing fiction and high fantasy which makes him a sought after writer. His passion to create strong, fluid, and narrative driven books is highlighted in his works. Mr. Boddie received his BBA and MBA from Baker College before spending two decades working in the financial industry. At the age of 40, he left the corporate world to pursue his real passion -- writing. Since first reading “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak in grade school, he knew that he was meant to tell his fantastical stories to the world. Inspired by the likes of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, David Sedaris, and Wally Lamb, Mr. Boddie creates characters with a unique voice and quirky personality -- characters who aren’t scared to share insecurities, fears, hopes, and dreams. Coming from a long line of oral storytellers, his natural ability to develop these characters through monologue and conversation make him one of the most intriguing writers of our time.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friends of Dorothy Monologues Act I (Review)

Review:

Friends of Dorothy Monologues is an intensely moving collection of scenes that encompass the very emotional struggles of what it means to fear, what it means to be despised, what it means to be labeled and stigmatized. The eleven short confessions and observations in this book introduce the reader to what it means to hurt, what it means to love and to lose, what it means to be so afraid of who you are you’re willing to sacrifice your own happiness simply to hide behind a safer lie.

The hypocrisy of a man of God who judges, a father who is so blinded by his hatred for his gay son that he cannot see the wonderful boy who is so much more than the label; the misery of a teenage boy who would rather commit suicide than to live with the shame of being gay; the deaf boy who sells himself for money to keep his little sisters from being taken by Child Services; the boy whose mother traded him for a hit of crystal meth who now lays dying of AIDS—they are the faces of the boys and men who struggle to come to terms with life, with who they are, and at times, who fail.

Each monologue is a scene in a darkened theater, the audience watching the stage as the spotlight falls on boy after boy, man after man, who looks out toward the listeners but cannot see the eyes of those who look back at him. They confess their deepest secrets, their darkest fears, their most intimate pain to a crowd of strangers, some of whom have shared the same pain and challenges, others, like me, who can never know what it means to be persecuted and condemned for who I love, though I can feel immensely saddened by that most inexcusable of prejudices.

A. Scott Boddie has written an impressive collection of observations on life, death, sorrow, and adversity. As he writes in the Author’s Note, some of the scenes have happy endings; others simply end.

In Scene 11: The Power of Fear, the narrator remains nameless. He is every man who has understood what it means to be afraid someone, anyone, might discover his secret. He denies himself the right to live openly and honestly. He is the man who says, as his final confession to that nameless, faceless audience, ”I don’t know why I live. Maybe I fear to die. That’s the power of fear.”

And that is the power of intolerance.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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