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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island, Volume 1 is a contemporary literary fiction novel written by Patricia M. Mahon. After growing up to the sound of her author mother's typing on her old IBM and pursuing graduate studies in literature, Morgan Byrnes is now a writer herself, though not exactly as she had intended. She's 35 and works as a corporate speechwriter by day. By night, she still harbors the literary spark which she shares with her best friend, Percy Chadwick. One night, she types a few lines on her Facebook page and is pleased when she receives his response, a continuation of her story prompt. Then she's amazed to see more responses scrolling down her screen and, with each response, her story grows and evolves and becomes alive. The posters are people she's never been in contact with, and they're from all over the world. It's an exciting concept, seeing how they all somehow transcended the impersonal mode of the digital age and became part of that ancient tradition of story-telling. And with that spark of inspiration, Morgan comes up with a plan.
Patricia M. Mahon's contemporary literary fiction work, Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island, Volume 1, is the stuff of dreams. Her heroes, Morgan and Percy, set out to reclaim oral traditions by venturing into the digital domain. Their quest is an ambitious one, and the only open door is through a former roommate of her brother. I had a marvelous time following these otherworldly dreamers as they reach out into the ether and find kindred spirits -- hundreds of them. The stories that evolve are marvelous and work perfectly with the continuing saga of Morgan and Percy. This work within a work is beautifully scripted with characters who quickly seem like friends and whose quest becomes a universal one. Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island, Volume 1 is edgy, original and very compelling. It's most highly recommended.