Thursday, March 05, 2015

Lori by Charlene Wexler Review and Giveaway

The sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing undergone by main character Lori in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago did not prepare her for marriage into the difficult and quirky Chicago working-class family of her husband, Jerry. Alcoholism, infidelity, economic disaster, and a mother’s biggest heartbreak of all-a seriously ill child-imperil Lori’s world in the novel LORI. Fortunately, her best friend, Adele, is there to provide support and advice until Adele faces her own tragedy. When separated from Adele by thousands of miles, Lori finds a new friend, Rain-an ex-flower-child with a surprising connection to Lori’s past. LORI is a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate.
Charlene Wexler
Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother," she said. In recent years, Wexler's lifelong passion for writing has led her to create numerous essays as well as fiction.

She is the author of the books Lori, Murder Across the Ocean, Murder on Skid Row, and Milk and Oranges.

Her work has appeared in several publications, including North Shore Magazine; the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry's Vision magazine; Alpha Omegan magazine; the book and CD Famous Poets of the Heartland: A Treasury of Beloved Family Poems, Talent, OR: Famous Poets Press, 2014; and the Gazette newspaper of Chicago.

She also has had essays and fiction published on the websites, The Best Short Stories, Cat Stories, Cats and Dogs at Play, End Your Sleep, Funny Cat Stories, Funny Cats Playing, Funny Passport Stories, How Old is Grandma?, Laughter Is My Medicine, Moral Short Stories-Ethical Tales, One Bright,, Short Stories for Women, True Cat Stories, and Way Cool

Wexler's first novel, Murder on Skid Row, was published in 2010. It is the story of a double-murder on Chicago's Skid Row in the 1960s. Murder on Skid Row won an international Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing think tank outside Washington, DC.

Published as an e-book on Smashwords and as a print edition by Central Park Communications in 2012, Milk and Oranges, is a collection of her short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, wexler's writings in Milk and Oranges entertain while they make you think.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is for adults only in my opinion.  The author gets down and dirty and into the the life of a woman and her life trials.  It is filled with some of the worst things one person should have to go through and was kinds sad to read.  While I was rooting for Lori all the way, I was kind of glad to get to the end of the book.  


  1. I would keep it. I'm always looks for new stories!

  2. I would keep it because I enjoying reading.

  3. I would keep it because it sounds like a good book.

  4. keep it- sounds interesting

  5. A real slice of life. Lori is a gripping family saga. A must read.


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