A Body of Fates
by Kenneth Evren
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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2023
Literally PR Ltd., FriesenPress
On December 31st, 1999 history changed. Precisely at midnight. With the first tick of Saturday January 1st, 2000 the lives of Deb and Dave Becker were forever altered as three generations of time-travelling cause, effect and consequence began to manifest from the past.
The peculiar lives of their predecessors, the epigenetics of a war-torn, alcohol-soaked ancestry, and entangled events from a history of tragic, life-changing Saturdays somehow connect to an ominous, modern-day threat now looming over their young family. Rational explanations fail leading to “what-if” questions of random chance and “if-only” recriminations of fateful choice.
Fearing an inescapable destiny, Dave encounters his own personal Fate, a being he becomes convinced is real. She visits his dreams, predicting the probable outcomes of his life’s choices and sharing malign revelations about his family’s Damocletian dilema. “It’s all beyond your control.”... “Your family’s survival depends on your choices and the possible futures you cause.”... “You are nothing more than a self-aware bag of meat chained to the past.”... “Perhaps you’re hearing voices David?”
Witty, quirky, surreal and tender Evren riffs on the Greek myth of the Fates as an if only story of love, regret and redemption, sex and power, the old animus of science and religion, the endurance of suffering, and the resilience of family.
"I read “A Body of Fates” in two, back-to-back sittings. That is rare for me. The book is extremely well-written, entertaining and interesting. I would never have believed that this is the author’s first published book. Well worth the read." - Reader Review