Miranda Bay: “We have passed a mauvais quart d’heure”
“Miranda Bay” by author Susan Tarr, is incorrectly described as “an uncomfortable, but brief, experience”. On the contrary, we encounter the full emotional range of the human experience. There is humor, and it is comfortable. There is love, and it is long lasting. Susan Tarr has written a novel that can be enjoyed by a wide diversity of readers, male and female, of all ages, from all walks of life. There is sure to be someone in this story who reaches inside you, grabs your heart, and holds you captive for the entire duration of this exquisitely well-written book. I freely admit that the protagonist, Miranda has human qualities that I admire and adore in my own lovely wife.
Obviously, Ms. Susan Tarr is an excellent wordsmith. She clearly understands both human nature and the power of words. For example, in the fifth century B.C., the Greek philosopher Democritus taught that “word is a shadow of deed.” Plato said the same thing, only negatively, “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
The biblical letter of James tells us that those who can master their tongues can master anything. And Shakespeare warned, “In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt / But, being season’d with a gracious voice, / Obscures the show of evil?”
Susan brilliantly weaves Shakespeare’s warning into the flow of her narrative at a very critical moment in court. (Source: The Merchant of Venice) The protagonist, Miranda, is very fortunate to have such brilliant rhetoric used in her behalf.
What should these words, this rhetoric do? It should present a case or a story that allows listeners to see anew, to gain a fresh perspective on the matter at hand. Miranda’s lawyer is a brilliant speaker, but will his words be persuasive, with everything hanging in the balance? Will he be successful? It all depends on how you judge success.
(Quote) How strong yet fragile is the human condition…if we are encouraged we grow, if we are bullied we soon perish in spirit… “…because he implies that he holds the weapon of monetary power over her head, the total ruin of her business, her biggest dream…she believes she’s in no position to argue…-” (end of quote) Miranda, at the end of the day, is in dire straits, tense circumstances.
In sum, each reader who reads this book will find something here to inspire us. We wil find someone to admire, someone to adore. We will find someone to care about, and yes, we will also find somebody to hate. We will laugh and we will cry. We will hold our breath as Miranda goes to court, hoping that she will find a way to hang on to her dream, Miranda Bay. And as we close the final page on this beautiful novel, we come to fully realize what is the most important thing of all…and nothing else matters…on the shores of Miranda Bay…
I give this book my full, complete, and total approval. Get one copy for yourself, one for your best friend, and one for a Christmas present for someone you love. This book will make an excellent summer read, and a thoughtful Christmas gift. What about me? I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.