Book review: From Afar by Frank Scozzari

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Publisher:  Summer Solstice
Release Date:  March 5, 2015
Page count:  200
Genre:  Literary Fiction
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Synopsis:
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For centuries, poets have argued that unrequited love is love in its strongest form. From Afar is a timeless tale of Morgan Stanfield’s search for love in the far northern city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Leaving the warm climate of Santa Barbara, he embarks on a four-day odyssey where he encounters a Russian beauty, a prostitute, a wise old babushka, an American chauvinist, intellectuals, the Russian mafia, and the ‘face’ of love, and comes to know how love from a distance can be more captivating than love close on hand.
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9079556_origMeet the author:   Frank Scozzari was born in Bay Shore, New York. He moved to California as a child, where he attended and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He now resides on the California Central Coast.
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An avid adventurer, he hobo’ed his way across America at age eighteen, twice trekked the John Muir Trail, backpacked through Europe, camel-backed the ruins of Giza, jeep-trailed the length of the Baja peninsula three times, globe-trotted from China to the Pyrenees to the White Nights of northern Russia, and once climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest point in Africa.
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A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including The Emerson Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Tampa Review, War Literature & the Arts (U.S. Air Force Academy), Pacific Review, Eleven Eleven, The Bitter Oleander, South Dakota Review, Minetta Review (NYU), Hawaii Pacific Review, Ellipsis Magazine, The Nassau Review, The MacGuffin, Reed Magazine, The Broken Plate, Roanoke Review, and Short Story America, and have been featured in literary theater.
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Connect with the author:   Website    Twitter    Facebook
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REVIEW:
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Stanley Morgan is looking for love.   all.in.the.wrong.places. How does an ordinary, nice guy find his soulmate? He’s already been burned but determined to find the love of his life.You can’t help but become emotionally invested in Stanley’s quest for love. You really want him to find someone. The characters he meets both on his way to Russia and while he is there are pretty crazy. I kept groaning over his lack of discernment with women in different situations.

I’ve been wanting to go to St. Petersburg for a while and was interested in his first-time experiences in the city.

Although this was a simply written book (with plenty of spelling mistakes) I could not put the book down. I kept thinking “this would make a great movie with someone like Tom Hanks playing the lead role”).

A great vacation read, especially on the plane. Note: avoid the vodka.

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