Illinois Author John M. McNamara announces the publication of his 6th work of fiction, the novel Madonna.
In this novel, Mary Cottle struggles day-to-day as a widow and the single mother of a 43-year-old son with special needs. She wanders the streets of her town, scavenging abandoned “treasures” that she then sells to an antiques dealer and friend, Karl. From this meager income, she provides a meager life for her son, Jimmy. He is a simple man, but one day he confronts his mother with the revelation that he has a girlfriend…a woman who works nights with him cleaning offices. Dread overcomes Mary. She has feared this day for years and despite all the time she has had to prepare for it, when considering what to do about her son’s announcement, she flounders. At times Jimmy behaves no better than a child; Mary frets about how to dissuade him from this entanglement as she would in denying him a shiny toy. But her son surprises her….and assists Mary in surprising herself.
Mary wistfully considers how her deceased husband would manage their son’s desires. Her friendship with Karl blossoms beyond what she ever could have anticipated. She ritually visits the neighborhood tavern, spars with the bartender, sips Scotch for breakfast and predicts his fortune while gazing at a small crystal ball. And then there is the girl…Connie…bent on complicating her life. Mary abandons caution and reacts to Jimmy’s news recklessly, oblivious to the consequences. Her decisions snowball, appropriately she feels, as a winter storm assaults the town in drifts and frigid temperatures. Unexpected events unfold and Mary’s reticence to allow Jimmy the things he has always coveted begins to melt. She spies a light at the end of her tunnel and charges headlong toward it. Never having believed she deserved a happy ending to her life, Mary casts aside her fears and lunges toward one.
Author: John M. McNamara
Published: September 2013
About the Author
John M. McNamara's short fiction has been published in Crosscurrents, Old Hickory Review, The Piedmont Literary Review, Minotaur, Snapdragon, Four Quarters, FlashFiction, Quick Fiction, Bear River Review, Inside Running and Chicago Literati.
In the summer of 1999, he was awarded a professional artist residency at the OxBow Summer Arts Program for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Michigan. He lives in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with his wife.
He is the author of the novels Madonna, The Dreams of Teddy Schreck, Harmony House, A Final Reflection, A Life Without Grace, and Hunter's War, A Novella, and Selected Short Stories. All available from Amazon.com.
John M. McNamara