I am thrilled unto my bones to announce that my novel Everywhere She’s Not is now available, in hardcover, paperback, and e-book, wherever books are sold.
I’d be delighted to send you a signed copy of Everywhere She’s Not, inscribed according to your instructions. Order below. (So sorry, but at present I don’t ship internationally.)
This novel wouldn’t have been possible without the generous supporters of its Kickstarter campaign.
What’s Everywhere She’s Not about?
Here’s its summary:
David is a brilliant young man living alone in an old seaside motel in San Francisco in 1979. He has just destroyed the life that he and his live-in girlfriend Kate spent two years building together.
He has no idea why he did the terrible thing he did. All he knows is that he’s appalled he did it, and desperately wants Kate back.
Fat chance. Kate, who loves David, is many things. Stupid isn’t one of them.
Everywhere She’s Not is about crazy-making, mind-boggling, gut-wrenching love. It’s about how ultimately rewarding it can be to keep hoping, even when you know there’s no hope at all.
It’s about passing through locked motel doors, travel brochures for ax-murderers, Cornish game hens playing lawn darts.
It’s about helping your best friend, who is gay, pretend that he isn’t gay, so that his ex-wife won’t take away his child visitation rights.
It’s about David Allen Finch finally facing the truth of who is family is, and what they’ve made him become—and what, if anything, he can do about that.
Is it any good?
The main theme of Everywhere She’s Not is love, but generally speaking not the warm-fuzzy kind. This is false love, lost love, tortured love, complicated, messy and confusing love. Love in all of its facets is explored in every single line of this debut novel. It narrator, David Finch, borders on the unreliable, a la Holden Caulfield, but with a genuinely funny wit instead of dripping with angst. But don’t be fooled by David’s framing of everything as the next act in his personal comedy special–there is plenty of drama. Characters almost too awful to be true are developed just enough to return to the realm of the believable, and the sympathetic characters go through more than their fair share of trials and tribulations. Knowing all of this, the ending may come across as abrupt, but on further reflection is exactly where the narrative should end up. A quick read that begs for additional perusal and deep thought long after the last page.
This is a great book! I had a hard time putting it down, finished it in two days. Looking forward to sharing it with friends. The author did a great job depicting how children experience their parents’ narcissism. The loads of sparkling wit made it much easier to read than it should have been given the subject matter. Not the usual sort of romance. Highly recommended!
I love this book – read it the first time in one day (could not put it down) and am re-reading it more slowly to experience the roller-coaster of laughter and tears. I love the main characters and how they process emotions and cope with such traumatic emotional experiences. Hoping for a sequel.
This book is stunningly, heartbreakingly beautiful. I loved the characters and the clever dialogue, David’s confusion and blindness to what was really bothering him, and even, though it was sad, realistic and hopeful ending. I loved the way Jerald’s arc reinforced David’s. All the parents (except Jerald) made me so angry! The big climax scene where David walks forever . . . has just the right tone—we feel the sheer grind of it underlying the turmoil. And the psychological issues throughout are well drawn, and give the reader so much insight. This is my new favorite book, and John Shore is my new favorite author.
I devoured it in a day, and it’s haunted me ever since. The world Shore creates is so real. I fell in love with the characters, and the ending hit me like a ton of bricks. Everyone can relate to this story. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
I received the book Saturday and finished it by Sunday and I cried my eyes out. In the best way. I really loved and cared for the characters. … I really loved reading the book and I’m hoping for a sequel.
I loved this book. I ordered it on kindle because I didn’t want to wait for it to come in the mail. The main character’s childhood is so odd, and yet he doesn’t appear to be that affected at the time—but he is very much affected and it comes out as the story continues. It was heartbreaking to follow his journey. John Shore is a gifted writer
Generally I read 3 books at a time. But when I picked up this book, my other books fell by the wayside. . . . I read it straight through, thought about it for a day, and immediately re-read it. This book is that amazing. . . .
Bottom line is that this book should be a best seller soon.
This novel kept me company this summer, and I couldn’t put out down for 2 days. N. John Shore Jr has written a beautiful story of real, imperfect love between two broken, flawed humans. It makes you think about the things that are broken in all of us that keep us from loving the important people in our lives the way they deserve to be loved. It’s the kind of book that deserves to be loaned and talked about over cups of coffee. Can’t wait to bring it to my friends.
Beautifully written with characters you loathe or love, root for or detest, the story makes you look inside your own life and heart and ask questions or look for answers
I backed the writing of this book on Kickstarter. What a great decision that was. it’s a great story and a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.
I’ve been a fan of John Shore’s writing for long enough to know that Everywhere She’s Not would be a great book before I’d read a word of it. It did not disappoint!
What seems at first to be a simple love story slowly reveals a much more detailed and nuanced tale of of pain and healing, growth and self discovery.
Protagonist David is clever, sharp and funny, but it’s the way that that tried and true persona starts to fail him in the midst of his crisis that makes him feel real. His old crutches have got him to where he is, but they are no longer enough.
The characters are believable and relatable, and even those that you want to write off a villains are shown for their broken humanity, and you can’t help but sympathise a little with their twisted motivations.
The backdrop, both in time and place, feels real, and helps to frame the story, yet there are many ways in which society has not progressed much since 1979, so there are elements to the story that remain timeless.
I highly recommend Everywhere She’s Not and author John Shore. Go look him up, and buy his excellent book.
These vivid characters are at times gut-wrenchingly relatable. Such compassion demonstrated between friends. Such difficult decisions made. Absolutely loved this book and would read it again. Would be so great to see more from this author.
Reading this was a fantastic way to spend my time. The book came in the mail on Monday, and I just sucked it down like my favorite Starbucks drink. I could not put it down, and now all I want to do is reread it. The fact that I read it and so quickly is impressive because I am not much of a reader, yet this book completely captivated me. The characters consumed me, and I was able to relate to them on every level. I laughed, I cried, and sometimes I felt completely numb, I was in such shock. Sometimes I felt utterly desperate for the main character for everything he went through. This story feels so real that at times, I forgot where I was.
“I’ve read the novel. I love it. Now what?”
A 5-star review on Amazon and/or Goodreads would be a huge boon for the book. If you have a book club, bring the novel to it. (I’ll be happy to show up in person, or do a Skype chat with the club once everyone has read it.) The value to its fortunes of sharing the book on social media is incalculable. If you have a blog, write about Everywhere She’s Not. If you have a podcast, radio, or television show, have me on as a guest.
This novel will live or die depending upon whether or not its readers get behind it in all of these kinds of ways. It really is that simple. Thanks for your help!
“Didn’t you used to have a massive blog?”
From 2007 to 2014 I did write a spirituality / humor / advocacy / blog here at JohnShore.com, as well as for The Huffington Post and on Patheos.com.
Back then my blog header looked like this:
My blog did some 300,000 views a month. So that certainly kept me busy.
But there was work to be done—issues to be resolved, attitudes to be adjusted, paradigms to be changed, monolithic institutions to be upended. So I did that work. Eight years later, lots of people were doing that same work, so I felt free to return to my first love, which is writing fiction.
“What’s with the name change?”
As a nod to my father, Norman (after whom I’m named), I’ve always published my fiction under the name N. John Shore, Jr. For most all of my other work I use John, the only name I’ve ever gone by. That’s all that is.
“Do you write an advice column?”
If you would like me to answer one of your questions in my advice column, please send me your question through my Contact Me page.
Did you write the first real-time serial novel ever published on the website of a major daily newspaper?
I did! Please notify literary history. From April 2016 until I concluded the story in November 2017, I wrote Ashes to Asheville, published on the website of the Citizen-Times. Ashes is also available as a podcast via iTunes or its Libsyn page. The Citizen-Times’ article introducing Ashes to its readers is here.
“Let’s stay in touch!”
I’d love that. These days I’m mainly communicating through my monthly newsletter, to which you can subscribe below. I hope you do! (I use MailChimp for the newsletter, so you can be sure it’s safe, secure, and won’t ever result in any spam or ads. Unsubscribe with a click of your mouse.) Please drop me a line, any time, through my Contact Me page. I look forward to hearing from you!