The Naked Storyteller
By Laura Michelle Thomas
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Harry Tyke is a flabby, divorced grade-six teacher on the verge of a monumental mid-life crisis when he unexpectedly ends up in a storytelling workshop taught by a creative, free-thinking teacher-turned-storyteller named Olga. The workshop awakens Harry’s long dead romantic side and hurls him into stories from his past, including his decision to give up on his dream of being a novelist to please his parents, a decision this classroom-weary teacher can no longer live with as he sags into his fifties.
Questioning contemporary ideas of what makes a happy and productive life in an increasingly digital world, this romantic comedy––set in Vancouver, Canada––will have you cheering for this unlikely leading man from start to finish.
About the Author:
LAURA MICHELLE THOMAS is an author with an opinion on just about everything she thinks is wrong with contemporary life in North America (which, in her opinion, is just about everything). Harry Tyke, the 52-year-old protagonist of The Naked Storyteller, is who Laura might be if she wasn’t the author of her own life and had a beard. When she’s not writing and telling her family to buzz off and let her work, she’s runs a very busy website through which she fosters the development of young writers around the world through free annual writing contests, young writers conferences and other inspirational stuff. With the assistance of her team of junior bloggers, editors and artists, Laura has the privilege of being publisher and senior editor of an international e-zine for young writers called jaBlog! To find out what novel project Laura is working on now, please visit her website (www.laurathomascommunications.com) and click on “Novels by Laura Michelle Thomas.”
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The cover and the title of the book is misleading and once you start to read the story you realize that this is not the normal love story or erotic story...since the name can apply that.
The story is in direct contrast with all of the above with a unique look at Harry Tyke's life; a middle age teacher with a lot of anger towards his mother and his choices in life that affected him for thirty years.
The book grabs your attention from the moment you met Harry. He is an interesting character for sure, with his quirky style, mannerisms and great story telling he has the ability to grow on you. I must say that the fact that his choices were manipulated by an uncaring mother all through his life, molding him the person he is, really touches the heart. It made him the bitter person that no one took the time to really know but once they did they discovered the jewel hidden within.
Olga was the perfect woman that brought balance in his life, grounded him so that he can concentrate on who he really is. He is a man that really cares for his pupils, that loves his work and has more to give than just his big stature or hairy look.
The story was written with great empathy; touching a serious issue as teachers and the system collides over jobs. But Harry stayed the course making sure that what matters most would not be overlooked namely the children.