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Dear Sugar and other Sorrows: Irma Fritz

 

Life takes us in many directions and fate often plays a hand in our destiny. Relationships come and go, and new ones might evolve but all too often the past defines our present and moving ahead is hindered by theses roadblocks and obstacles that we cannot push aside. Sugar and Cayenne had a special relationship at one time as author Irma Fritz shares their correspondence with us. Sugar is heartbroken and cannot seem to move Fortas as her words reflect on moments and times she shared with Cayenne. Cayenne now has Blake and is building a life sharing her passions for nature with Sugar and her happiness with Blake. Sugar expresses her feelings when she talks about her face ravaged by love. Cayenne responds each time with visits to a sheep farm, varieties of cheeses she bought and how she created Villa Zucchero. She is moving ahead and living life. She is researching her book. But Sugar is lost in her own world and instead reflects on moments of love in the past with Cayenne . Throughout this first story Cayenne shares her experiences and her sadness when waking up in a world covered in ice and snow. Followed by her trip to Rome but Sugar seems blind to her words. Every letter shows that Cayenne has a new life and does not realize something caused by nature might change it. Sugar does not comprehend the words and keeps hoping she will return her feelings and days: what day is it? What time of year? It is as if she is having not idea that she is a person with Cayenne. Sugar seemed disoriented at times and Cayenne and Blake stayed up watching the reporter’s words about a possible earthquake. Lives hang in the balance and Cayenne has not answered Sugar as the earthquake did happen and inquiries were made to find out the fate of Cayenne and Blake but the answers don’t come and the fate of these two people unknown. Sugar is alone will she find her own way ?

Euphoria is next and we meet Lyzzie who seems bent on ruining her life. Lessons are many in this story as the author takes us inside the mind of this girl who has come a long way but might fall into the darkness again. Sometimes we do not embrace the good and fall prey to the bad. Callie is her best friend and explains why her mouth seems to be a repository for pills. She was addicted and came off them, but they were her crutch to deal with life. Krayne was her supplier and more, Porter her husband a man who cares for her. Yet when Krayne texts her why is she confused and why respond? Where is her heart and where does it belong? Fighting within herself she is weak and does not see the darkness approaching as once again she takes a blindsided turn into the world she was free from for so long. What choice does she make? Krayne is an addict and preys on her weakness. Choices often define our lives. Lyzzie makes hers at the end. The author brings to light what happens when someone is so addicted to drugs and they are so sure that their supplier really cares and yet underneath it all it is for his/ her own private victory. Does Krayne really love her? Euphoria or something else?

Cigarette break is the story of C.J. Who is AWOL and is paranoid and possibly bipolar? His actions and words are volatile at times as he and his family are on the run from the army. Crystal is caught in the middle of her own inner turmoil as they are staying at a bed and breakfast and their hosts are welcoming. The children are enjoying the outdoors and her daughter Katie is having fun playing with the owner’s little girl. But a vacation that is fun turns dark as CJ becomes afraid that the army will find him. When things get stressful Crystal takes a cigarette break and the kids chant the words annoying her. Crystal has a class in loneliness and at times is the victim of her husband’s abuse. Guilt, weakness and sadness and loyalties are tested as Crystal and CJ make a decision that will impact the lives of their children forever. The author brings to light what happens to many who serve in Iraq or Afghanistan and other dangerous countries. The evils of war and what they endure often leave deadly and lasting psychological effects. Veterans need aid in mental health and more when returning and in CJ’s case possibly rehab. Lives are at stake and the final reveal as to what they do will change the course of the lives of their unprotected children forever. Find out the fate of their final cigarette break.

 

The Hawk’s Nest brings to light the plight of the homeless on the streets. Told in the voice of one of the homeless as she narrates her story and that of her homeless family. Live in this community is good for her and how she makes money on the street comes as no surprise to readers. But safety is paramount, and this community has rules and Frisco is their leader along with Hawk and Candy. Run differently than other homeless communities they watch out for each other, but the darkness will fall on them too. Emma needs help and her parents agreed but one night would take it all away. Things being sold or pawned were stashed to one side, money was secured in a safe place but one night a noise is heard, and the camp is raided, and one life is taken. Our narrator wants to get her GED and become a hairdresser, but these men come out of nowhere, Rob them, shoot done, and the result is tragic as they are left with nothing. The police have the money and have not given it back and those left must decide their fate. What will our narrator do? Leave or go home with the only family she knows? The author reminds us of the hardships the homeless face and the fact that more needs to be done to protect them and get them off the streets.

The final story is called Interception. Sometimes we do not see what is right in front of us and we take a turn in life that will change our direction. Darkness also falls on the main character as he is engaged to Valerie, but she will not allow him to get intimate until they marry. Told in the first person by the main character we hear his qualms and his issues with respecting his future wife. Is he really in love with her because at the first turn he finds himself with Betty and what follows will be his own private nightmare? Betty is smart, cunning and dangerous and he falls prey to her wiles and the result is when he is supposed to marry Valerie she claims she is pregnant with his child. The remainder of the story focuses on his on and off relationship with Betty, his search for answers about his son, Jimmy and the harsh realities learning the outcome of bad choices. Betty is crafty and when she tells him about her son, she then makes sure that Valerie learns it all. Losing his edge as a star football player, no longer in demand, jobs do not come his way and his life takes a dive. With the help of his father he gets a job and then eventually using his journalism degree lands a job in a newspaper. Married to Valerie who does know the truth about Betty or the truth she writes to her, his marriage is a mistake and once again he must make a life changing decision. Betty is resourceful, cunning and conniving and when asked about Jimmy she shirts. The final reveal comes when he learns the truth about their son and the blame is placed on him. Lies, betrayals, deceptions and author Irma Fritz brings to light what happens when one man takes his life and brings it in the control of another. Five stories each tragic and yet there is room for more about each one. Lessons to be learned by each character by life’s choices, futures tainted because of weaknesses and an author who brings to light the issues of PTSD and the homeless. Once again Irma Fritz raises the bar.

Fran Lewis: Just reviews

 

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  1. When I began my first novel in college, a male friend said he’d bet it’s about love. I denied it, saying I had more important subjects to tackle. But through the years I learned that if you don’t have love you have nothing. We often love in strange and complicated ways, but it’s a need all of us share.
    Thanks for this excellent review, Fran Lewis!
    Author Irma Fritz

    Posted by Irma Fritz | August 14, 2020, 3:15 pm

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