Featured Selection: The Perpetual Order of Old People by Jeff Russell

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After years of searching for all the right answers, the only question remaining for Jack is whether it’s too late to start over.

Jack Brouder now understands that retirement can be a double-edged sword. He has earned the right to relax but a lifelong aversion to personal commitment has left him lonely and afraid of what the future holds in store.

The road forks ahead and neither path leads to a happy ending. Long, contemplative walks help him escape the boredom and isolation that define his new life, and when a harsh New England winter forces him indoors he seeks the shelter and solace of a local shopping mall.

There he encounters a group of retirees who meet each day for coffee.

They invite him into their fold and share their tales of daring and drama, of mishaps and misfortunes, of lessons learned and rewards reaped.

Through their collective wit and wisdom, he comes to appreciate the truth in what a special someone once told him – that life was meant to be shared.

After years of searching for all the right answers, the only question remaining for Jack is whether it’s too late to start over.

From Jeff Russell:

I am a tale-spinner. My childhood heroes were Jules Verne and Victor Appleton II, architects of fantastic adventures. Hemingway stepped in when I discovered that the trials and triumphs of real people – those with limited physical and financial resources – were even more intriguing than science fiction.

Today I try to follow that example with my own characters. They are the ‘you and me’ of the world, ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances, beaten down perhaps and yet determined to succeed. Invariably they find adventure, romance, and self-fulfillment, as should we all.

When not absorbed in the pages of some new author or hammering away at my latest manuscript I can be found living and running in Stowe, VT.

To learn more visit my website at http://www.CabsLantern.com.

Cheers!

Review by Caleb Pirtle III:

Some authors were good books, some great books. Jeff Russell writes beautiful literature that happens to be intertwined with a story that grabs you, haunts you, stays with you for a long time.

In The Perpetual Order of Old People, he doesn’t merely introduce you to an assortment of characters who reside on the printed page. He takes you by the hand and leads you inside the story. He allows you to sit around the table and drink coffee with them.

You hear their stories.

You share their heartbreak, their trials, their tribulations, those moments that cause them to remember that life at any age is worth living.

They make you laugh.

They make you cry.

They comfort you.

They often frustrate you.

Why?

They are real.

Jeff Russell writes from the heart, and you can hear the heartbeats of the characters who wander in and out of his novel. You look forward to seeing them again. You miss them when they’re gone.

But when you turn the final page, you’ll realize you’ve experienced the best time and the best cups of coffee you ever had.