Author: Mindy Tarquini
Published: November 2016, Sparkpress
Format: Paperback, 319 pages
EUGENIA PANISPORCHI LIVES WITH HER MOTHER, TEACHES CHAUCER, AND REMEMBERS ALL HER PAST LIVES. SHE IS DESPERATE TO CHANGE HER FUTURE
Born this time around into a South Philadelphia Italian-American family so traditional, she and her siblings are expected to marry in birth order, Eugenia lives a simple life―no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul's progress) will grant her heart's desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.
A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it's the only one we'll have.
What readers are saying:
"Tarquini charms her audience with heady wit and laugh-out-loud humor . . . This is a fast-reading, enjoyable journey through past and present that many readers will enjoy." ―Booklist
"Hindsight is an evocative and inventive reincarnation tale. Drawing on snippets of wisdom from long-gone literary giants, including Chaucer, Dante, Goethe, and Kipling, Tarquini illustrates the eternal universality of human behavior . . . the narrative emphasizes the importance of acting in the here and now: saying what should be said, forgiving what needs to be forgiven, embracing opportunities to deepen connections with others, and seizing moments of happiness when they’re presented. Consequently, Hindsight is a sustaining and deeply personal reading experience.” ―Foreword Reviews, FIVE STARS
"Tarquini’s innovative concept is paired with realistic characters and sparkling wit, making this enjoyable novel a keeper." ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"This contemporary jewel is a literary parade that reminds us to live life fully in the now." ―Working Mother, "21 New Books to Fall for This Autumn"
"Witty and thought-provoking, Mindy Tarquini’s debut is a must-read for lovers of Chaucer, magical realism and literary ingenuity." ―Buzzfeed
"Funny and irreverent, this modern fable is a good reminder to love the life you have." ―Real Simple
"This quirky and often funny novel is a satisfying debut and will pique readers' interests right off the bat.” ― RT Book Reviews
"This charming contemporary fable marks a fabulous debut for author Mindy Tarquini." ―SheKnows, “The best books written by women you need to read this fall”
“Debut author Mindy Tarquini’s rollicking prose wends the reader through a hybrid contemporary, historical, and speculative tale of karma, past lives, and the capacity to forgive and forget. Equal parts tender and hilarious, Hindsight will leave readers wanting another meatball, another life, and whatever Tarquini serves up next.” ―Camille Griep, author of Letters to Zell
"Author Mindy Tarquini glues readers to the page with her insight into character and her signature irreverent humor. Hindsight is a debut you don't want to miss." ― Stephen Parrish, editor of the The Lascaux Review
"In Eugenia Panisporchi, Mindy Tarquini gives us a heroine for the ages and for right now, combining the concept of past lives with a witty and entertaining take on the timeless task of being true to ourselves.” ―Kamy Wicoff, author of Wishful Thinking
“Deliciously original with a quirky voice that sets Mindy Tarquini in a league of her own…Hindsight blends comedy and insight into an engaging story with a brave, yet satisfying, conclusion.” ―Sandra Ruttan, Spinetingler Magazine
Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini is one of BookSparks "Fall Reads" reading selection picks.