Rarity from the Hollow
by Robert Eggleton
Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.
Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.
Lacy Dawn isn’t your typical eleven year old kid. She has a lot of experiences under her belt, most of which aren’t great. Imagine her and her toothless mom being beaten to the pulp, everyday by her Gulf War veteran father. A father who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deals with it by drinking, smoking weed and torturing his family. Not a sight that would likely appeal to you, eh?
How about this? Lacy Dawn can also talk to trees, have I mentioned that? Oh and the trees converse back at her, liked it’s the most normal thing they do. There’s Faith the ghost, too. And then there’s DotCom, an Android who’s slowly growing older like Lacy. Who Lacy introduces as her boyfriend, and who tells her, she’s destined to save the universe.
You see, life isn’t typical where Lacy Dawn is concerned. The constant abuse, heartbreaking experiences and other children’s account of maltreatment and sexual assault had struck me deep. This book is actually an eye-opener, revealing the harsh truth about Hollow and the real world, if you could see it that way. Robert Eggleton wrote a hard-hitting and amusing story that will make you realize life isn’t fair and there’s more to it than you’ll ever know.
This is a different kind of science-fiction story that will tug at your heartstrings.
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Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”
“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.”
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.