By David Matthew Klein
From Debut Novelist David Klein – A Page-Turning tale of Suburbia and Its Secrets Gwen Raine is a lady readers will immediately realize: an enticing, thirtyish stay-at-home mother who lives within the type of tranquil suburban group the place the other halves spend their days ferrying the youngsters to and from tuition and tune classes and nature camps and the place the husbands paintings lengthy, grueling hours at demanding white-collar jobs in an effort to keep the upscale lifestyle to which the full kinfolk has turn into all-too-accustomed. It’s a milieu during which every little thing appears to be like right—yet rather a lot can cross wrong. And it does—starting with a doubtless minor choice that turns Gwen’s ideal existence the other way up. It’s a customary Friday morning in overdue summer season and Gwen is waiting for a long-awaited weekend away on the lake together with her overworked husband, Brian, and their young children. After losing her daughter off at swim type, Gwen drives throughout city to buy a small bag of marijuana from an past love. She’s hoping on the pot to aid her unwind later that evening in these priceless inner most moments with Brian after the youngsters are asleep. Then, at the means domestic, Gwen will get right into a motor vehicle accident—an twist of fate that leaves her bruised and a little bit battered yet leaves the opposite motive force (an aged guy who crossed over into her lane) useless. The neighborhood police comprehend the coincidence isn’t her fault, but if they locate the marijuana in Gwen’s motor vehicle, they throw the e-book at her. there were issues of medicinal drugs within the colleges they usually are looking to crack down on abusers, whoever and at any place they're. earlier than lengthy, Gwen is in criminal scorching water—and the temperature retains emerging. eventually, stressed from the police, her lawyer, and her personal husband, she unearths her source’s name. Meanwhile, Brian is embroiled in an ethical and felony predicament of his personal while the large pharmaceutical corporation he works for markets an anti-anxiety drug for "off-label" use as a weight loss reduction, in basic terms to find that it could have lethal results. And Gwen’s former lover Jude, a neighborhood restaurateur and the provider of the stash of the identify, has gotten in excess of his head together with his little facet business. Told from a number of views and revolving round a various set of vividly imagined characters, this wealthy, formidable, and deeply gratifying novel takes a mordant examine our society’s ambivalent and sometimes hypocritical angle towards all demeanour of mood-altering ingredients, criminal and unlawful. Paced by means of mental suspense and an ever-thickening plot, Stash finally is set the ethical problems that come up whilst a contemporary woman’s fierce choice to do the appropriate factor collides head-on with human fallibility and desire.
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In her acceptance speech, margarita in hand, Gwen had reminded everyone she’d played the role of Maria in her high school’s production of West Side Story, sans the painted-on Hispanic tan that Natalie Wood sported in the movie version. “Some other lucky talent will have to go home the winner this year,” Gwen said. Using talent in its loosest meaning. “We’ll miss you guys,” Heather said. A last check with Nora. Did she have the gift cards for her instructors? Her goggles? Hairbrush? Love you, sweetie.
Gwen’s voice on the phone—she was hurt more than she’d let on. ” The way she said she was scared. Something more was wrong, she was hiding the severity of her injuries. Adding to his anxiety were his own circumstances: getting pulled from a tense moment in the executive meeting he’d been planning for weeks. Gwen knew how important that meeting was to him; she wouldn’t have called him out for a fender bender. He ran a red light on his way to the hospital. She might be dead when he got there. Hadn’t he let that thought cross his mind recently, just last week, when the wife of someone he knew in the lab at Pherogenix drowned in Lake George—what would life be like if Gwen died?
Hadn’t he let that thought cross his mind recently, just last week, when the wife of someone he knew in the lab at Pherogenix drowned in Lake George—what would life be like if Gwen died? It was only natural to ponder what could happen, how he would react, what he would do next. Contingency planning, they called it at work. Succession planning. What if the worst happened? Impossible to grasp the horror of it—the burden of caring solo for the children, his wife and soul mate gone forever, the future lonely and bleak.
Stash by David Matthew Klein