San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) April 20, 2007
In her novel about suicide, "For the Sake of All Others," Evelyn Cole explores through her main character several possible reasons for the suicide of a popular high school student.
A former high school teacher, Cole knew of students in her district who committed suicide and personally knew one veteran who did. Her research for this novel brought her to the conclusion that shame underlies every suicide, whether or not it is a conscious feeling. "Shame is the root of most evil," she says. "Anger may lead one to kill others and then self as in Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, but beneath that rage is a buried shameful self-concept.
Bookwire Review of "For the Sake of All Others", March 21, 2006: "Hal Martin loves his work as principal. He loves interacting with students, and he wants to be on the frontline of education, making a difference in his kids' lives. But when one of his favorite students hangs himself in the school gym, Hal begins to ask some difficult questions of himself and his community. In a wealthy area where appearances are more important than anything else, everyone wants Hal to drop his investigation and let things get back to normal. Hal's crusade for the truth may uncover more than he can handle."
"Cole tells the story of a man who has allowed others to dictate his life. She deftly invokes sympathy for Hal, even as she reveals him to be flawed. Hal is miserable -- his wife and mother both want him to move up the ranks of the school district, but Hal's priority is taking care of his students. His investigation into Jason's suicide is not just an opportunity to learn how he failed Jason, but a journey into reclaiming the parts of himself he thinks he has lost--his integrity, honesty, and passion for life."
"Cole's prose amply serves her purposes here. Her description of the status-conscious California town contrast with her deep, rich portrayal of Western Australia, the Dreamtime place that serves as Hal's spiritual home."
Jack Mothershed of Cayucos, California, writes, "I was impressed with For the Sake of All Others, not just with Cole's writing, but with her ability to write an exciting, enjoyable novel about the third leading cause of death among teenagers."
Kathy Smith of Arroyo Grande, California, left this message, "I just finished reading For the Sake of All Others and don't understand why you don't make the best seller list for all of your novels. I like the way you write."
"For the Sake of All Others" is available at Amazon.com and buybooksontheweb.com
About the Author
Evelyn Cole is a successful poet and novelist living in San Luis Obispo County. She taught English for twenty-three years and has both a master's degree in literature and fine art in writing. "For the Sake of All Others" is her first novel. Two more of her novels are available at Airleaf.com and Amazon.com: "A Tough Journey" and "Gambling for Good Mail."
"For the Sake of All Others"
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Infinity Publishing (July 2003)
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