How far would you go?

Imagine a medicine that cures you of your worst vice.

One dose and you’re free. How much would a person pay for such a cure? How far would they go? Would they lie for it? Steal for it? Kill for it?

My writer friend Athol Dickson has a great new book out that explores this notion. I’m in an online writers group with Athol, and let me tell you, this Christy-Award winning author is a deep thinker who will challenge you all the while entertaining you. His posts on this loop are always insightful, clever and witty. I can’t wait to read his new book.

Here’s the story line: Riley Keep, former man of God, former missionary, has been a beggar on the streets for years, desperate to forget the past. His wife, daughter, work, and faith were all lost in the aftermath of one far-flung act of wickedness. Believing some things cannot be forgiven in this life, lately Riley has begun to think of giving up the ghost. Then he hears the rumors.

Miracles are happening in Maine.

An old woman fleeing a horrific monster, a lonely wife and mother tempted by forbidden desire, an impoverished lobsterman lured by tainted wealth, a young girl weighing life and death decisions, a small town cop with a murder on his hands . . . these are just a few of the citizens of Dublin, Maine, a picture postcard village slowly suffocating underneath an avalanche of hungry people searching for a miracle. But only Riley Keep will find what he desires. And only then will Riley learn if it will save him, or if it’s true what people say . . . .

Sometimes The Cure is worse than the disease.

I’m liking it already. You gotta feel for the guy. We’ve all been in that place, even if it lasted for only a moment, of wanting to just check out. Give up. Give in. The promise of a way to numb the anguish looks pretty good when you’re in that place. Who doesn’t want a cure when it feels like you are dying inside.

Here’s some advance praise for The Cure from Publishers Weekly:

“Rich with local dialect and scenery…. Dickson’s approach is thought-provoking, and his prose beautifully evokes the taciturn spirit of the Mainers who people this novel….full of interesting ideas and well-developed characters.”

Very cool review. The PW crowd is very, shall we say, discriminating. They don’t toss out compliments lightly.

You can learn more about my friend Athol and his impressive “little gray cells” by visiting his blog at

See y’all on Friday, from Atlanta . . .

Author: Susan

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