Author: Kellie Elmore
Number of Pages: 118
Synopsis: Lost, lonely, and losing his grip on reality, Elmer Winston searches for an end. As his new social worker, Dani, tries to convince him to believe in hope, Elmer remains mired in regret over a failed marriage and the devastating loss of his best friend, all while desperately struggling to defeat an illness that toys with his mind. When a raging storm awakens Elmer with a traumatic revelation, he is left with a personal battle for survival. Can he weather another storm? Or has his will to fight thoroughly withered?
Withering is a moving and emotionally charged story of an elderly man and his desperate search to find an end, to what he views as a miserable existence.
Elmer's marriage ended long ago, but his bitterness remains and now, with the death of his best friend, he feels more alone than ever. Trapped by the memories of what could have been, Elmer seeks solitude in his journals. He knows his children think he's crazy. He begins to acknowledge that his life is over and he fights demons from his past in hopes of gaining control of his mind. Can Elmer find a reason to live or will devastation and sorrow pave the way to his death?
I was immediately drawn in to this incredibly touching story. Elmer could be any of us. His character is easy to identify with. We all live with regrets, wishing we could change the past. Much like Elmer, some of us are left with a haunting feeling filled with despair and our hope to find happiness again has vanished. Kellie Elmore's eloquent writing and gift for eliciting emotion shine through in this touching story.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Withering. Available on Amazon.
Kellie Elmore is an author and blogger at kellieelmore.com.
Kellie's debut collection of poetry and prose, Magic in the Backyard was nominated for the (2013) esteemed Pushcart Prize in Literature, selected by Winter Goose Publishing Editor-in-Chief James Logan.
Jagged Little Pieces, Elmore's second collection released in March 2013.
Candy from Strangers, her third collection, is a collection of prose stories/mini fiction. Released December 2013
Kellie will released her first novel, Withering, in 2014.
Elmore's work has been featured in various press and publications in print and online including the Voice Your Verse project, a collected anthology titled "If the World Were Your Classroom" by shesthefirst.org, a cause which helps to fund girls education.