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iUniverse Star, Nov 1, 2008 - Fiction - 328 pages
Marty Jorgenson has the picturesque storybook life people dream about. He is a professor of history in a small, idyllic college town. He has a loving wife and a very special daughter. But something is very wrong. He suffers from an inexplicable sadness. A confounding depression that is driving a wedge between him and his beautiful wife.

Following his wife's unusual death, and compounded by pressure from the university to finish his book, Marty falls further into an emotional abyss. But there is one person who can save him: his whip-smart child, Jessie. With his daughter's unfailing guidance and faith-and the help of an old friend and a mysterious black man-Marty embarks on a fantastical journey of healing and rebirth. And it starts by finding a little girl he had befriended when he was nine years old. A girl that haunts his dreams. A traumatized child who witnessed the murder of her parents at the hands of a brutal monster.

Helm Matthews pens an elaborate, beautifully written tale of self-discovery, filled with unexpected twists and turns. He deftly infuses humor and whimsy into a story of tragedy and rebirth. Breathless in scope, Lilac will linger with you long after finish it.

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This book is a great read that you won't be able to put down until you've traveled the whole somewhat surreal journey - to a place that is nothing like you might be expecting after the first number of pages. Can't wait to read more from this author!

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These aren’t reviews, but personal attacks that appear to be written by the same person. I have never done a reading in a Minneapolis bookstore. A true reviewer will provide his or her name. Hiding behind the “internets” is cowardly. Please go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to read legitimate reviews.
Ted Klotz (Helm Matthews)

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