Cascade Falls.

Author:Williams, Jennifer
Position:Book review

Bruce Ferber; CASCADE FALLS; Rare Bird Books (Fiction: Literary) 15.95 ISBN: 9781940207377

Byline: Jennifer Williams

This novel is a sincere exploration of the struggles people go through trying to survive and do right, while still holding on to their dreams.

Maya and Danny Johnson have all but given up on their dreams. After a decade of scraping together rent, battling the odds against success in the art world -- she as a painter, he as a playwright -- and trying to raise two kids in a cramped LA apartment on his substitute-teaching salary, the couple finally decide they can't continue pursuing the bohemian life they had in mind. They move to Phoenix, and at the start of Bruce Ferber's second novel, Cascade Falls, Danny is being groomed to take over his father's home-building company, Johnson Communities, while Maya is a full-time mother raising their kids in one of her father-in-law's master planned developments. But there's nothing like the barren landscape and oppressive heat of a suburban Phoenix summer to make clear just how empty and unpromising life has become.

Danny and Maya quickly find themselves desperate for change once again. It's of a different sort this time, born not from rejection or financial hardship but from...

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