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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434830454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434830456
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm

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Lee Zamloch is an award-winning author whose short fiction has appeared in leading literary journals. She has been honored by the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Nelson Algren Award. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California. She is an educator, a consultant, a writer and a survivor of Catholic school.

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Well crafted... 23 Sept. 2012
By Faye E. Hicks - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Catch the Sun is the story of Amanda Grace - a gorgeous woman who once experienced a brief taste of fame as a fashion model, but who has since fallen from the limelight. Faced with the suicide of her terminally ill mother, being dumped by her agent, and multiple failed attempts at an acting career - she slips into a self-destructive depression and begins seeing visions of Marilyn Monroe outside her windows. She decides to learn everything she can about Marilyn Monroe and to do everything she can to look like Marilyn Monroe, so that she can make her comeback playing Marilyn Monroe in a movie about the legendary star.

Catch the Sun moves smoothly between the past - providing us with fascinating (though, of course, fictitious) glimpses of Marilyn's life and psyche, and the present - focusing on Amanda's growing obsession and depression. Much of the book is written in the present tense which, up until now, has been a major turn-off for me - but this is such a well written and polished novel that I am almost a convert. Although this book deals with dark topics such as suicide, depression, substance abuse, and abandonment - it is a well crafted story. The really artful thing about the book is the way the author, Lee Zamloch, weaves a tapestry of intertwining, parallel lives.

Despite the book's somber topics and events, I found the story kept my interest throughout. However, I did find that some intriguing plotlines were not pursued and that the ending was somewhat inconclusive. Catch the Sun's strength definitely lies in the unique and interesting character developments for all of the women in this book.

This review was originally posted as part of a blog tour: you can read the full review by visiting the 'indiepicks' blog on Wordpress.

Books by Faye Hicks include:
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Great read with an interesting concept 11 Sept. 2012
By Sara - Published on
Format: Paperback
Catch the sun starts with an artist name Edith who commits suicide. She has left her two daughters, Joanne and Meredith behind to divide up her property. Meredith takes the name of Amanda Grace and after her mother's death sees Marilyn Munroe on her patio dancing in the rain. Amanda becomes obsessed with Marilyn and is convinced she is talking to her and appearing occasionally.

Marilyn Munroe is such an icon actress but I actually have never read much about her. I was aware of the basic facts of her life but nothing to in depth. Catch the Sun gives flashes into the life of Marilyn Munroe and gives her a new series of events in her life. Joanne was not a character that played a large part in the book, as Amanda's obsession grows her sister fades out of the story. Amanda was complex character that got her fame in a not so glamour way. Amanda slowly sinks into madness and complete separates herself from the remainder of her family.

The concept was an interesting one; I found the book very engaging and hard to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next with Marilyn and Amanda. I enjoyed the duel points of view from Marilyn and Amanda as their lives intertwined together.
I really enjoyed everything about this book, I thought the characters were all complex and had depth. The story was interesting, I thought I had the ending figured out but the last twist in the end caught me off guard and the book ended on a good note. I was intrigued by the ending and find myself wondering what is going to happen next with Amanda. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
WOW! Good story. 2 Jan. 2014
By Marleen C Hoffman - Published on
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There has always been a rumor about Miss Monroe. This just caught me and held my attention. I never expected this ending. A good fast read.
Catch the Sun 24 Sept. 2012
By Celia Medrano - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Catch the Sun revolves around Amanda Grace, a woman who at one point experienced the limelight of fame but has since fallen out of favor of the rich and famous. The suicide of her mother begins the downward spiral for the once-adored actress. Her agent leaves her and her career as an actress is overshadowed by her past and the loss of her mother. As her world continues to crumble around her, she begins to see flashes of a woman outside her window. A woman who could understand her loneliness and betrayal - Marilyn Monroe. Inspired, Amanda is determined to find out all she can about the beloved actress in hopes of mimicking her. It is her comeback in the making.

What I loved most about this book are the perspectives that we see from each of the female characters. The story moves wonderfully from the past, showing glimpses of Amanda's mother and Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn's narrative is fictional, of course, but it does not detour from the emotion of the individual.

And, as you may have guessed, I look out for my readers. That said, this story involves much talk about suicide, depression, abandonment and just plain loneliness - pretty grim stuff. However, it does not ever sound fake or exploited, but real and understood. These are realities and the story treats them as such. This book kept my interest until the end. This is, in large part, due to the wonderful character developments for each of the strong women portrayed in this book.
Enjoyed this story so much 19 Sept. 2012
By Sage Adderley - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
After hearing about her mother's suicide, Amanda Grace falls into a deep depression. She battles feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and desperation. In the midst of Amanda's darkness, Marilyn Monroe begins to appear around her. The sightings encourage Amanda to attempt to revive her lifeless acting career, but can she conquer her demons?

Lee Zamloch has written two stories that beautifully interweave in Catch the Sun. Zamloch introduces us to Amanda Grace, a former model and struggling actress, and shares the intimate side of Marilyn Monroe who walked a similar path as Grace, some thirty years earlier. Both women battle depression, substance abuse, and the desire to be loved for who they truly are opposed to the persona that everyone else sees.

Catch the Sun deals with stardom, obsession, losing yourself to please others, and grasping onto strings to regain control while dealing with intense issues.
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